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Nonprofit Provides Channels Into Technology for High School Girls
Building computers, making films, visualizing data and visiting tech workers on the job are among the ways ChickTech, a national nonprofit organization, helps Central Texas females in high school get into technology professions now dominated by males.
“The mission is to get girls out into the world of technology,” Nicole Engard, director of ChickTech Austin, said in a telephone interview, and encourage them to think about pursuing careers there.
ChickTech’s main driver is a series of monthly workshops in which high school girls learn new skills such as web design or visit companies such as Google and IBM that work in so-called STEM fields–science, technology, engineering and mathematics.