Tech Tour

Introduction

CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions. Recent Tech Tour saw more than 400 area students visit nearly 70 technology related companies and organizations in a single day!

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If you would like to get involved with the Tech Tour or need more information about this event, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tech Tour Scholarship

Every year, through the generosity of sponsors, CBIC awards two scholarships in the amount of $2500 each to students selected through the application process. Applications are open to junior and senior students that plan to pursue education beyond high school in Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) and have attended at least one tech tour.

Open the scholarship application

The application deadline is January 15, 2016.

Tech Tour 2015

Visit Your Future

2015 marks the 12th anniversary of this exciting event and there are many ways you can get involved:

  • Showcase your company as a tour venue - being a host involves providing a one-hour inspiring tour of your organization and explaining the role technology plays in your work to a group of 10-15 students.
  • Be a Tour Guide - ride along with a student tour group and help them get the most out of their tech tour.
  • Become a Tech Tour Underwriter - support this amazing day plus the opportunity for 2 participants to earn scholarships toward their future STEM education.

Who’s putting it on: The Charlottesville Business Innovation Council and a group of very dedicated sponsors and volunteers

When: Thursday, October 8, 2015, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Where: Piedmont Virginia Community College and regional technology companies; schools will provide bus transportation for all tours

Who: 7th through 12th grade students

How: Students sign-up to attend through their school’s Technology Specialist or Career Counselor

2015 Tech Tour Companies

For 2015 the Tech Tour has an all new interactive tour map at techtour.cvilleinnovation.org.

Tech Tour Feedback

“Part of the thrill of the Tech Tour is that there is always the distinct possibility that the attendees might find a field with which they will fall in love, or meet someone who is a part of their ideal field, or even meet people with the ability to help them fulfill their dreams.” - student participant

 

“What I thought was most valuable for my students was for them to see both the variety of technology used and also the ways in which what they do in their extracurricular lives and in their coursework, were what people were doing for a living.” - school chaperone

 

“We've hosted a tour group for several years. The kids are always very interested. They ask great questions and they come ready to learn.” - company participant

Tech Tour Committee

Andrew Renshaw, PVCC

Chris Engel, City of Charlottesville

DJ Hill, Sperry Marine

Kim Wilkens, Chair, Tech-Girls (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Lianne Landers, CBIC Board, TeGrex Technologies

Jamie Foreman, Albemarle County Public Schools

Jason Ness, City of Charlottesville

Maria Lewis, School Liaison, Charlottesville City Schools

Miriam Rushfinn, PVCC Liaison, PVCC

Susan Stimart, County of Albemarle

Jeff Faust, CBIC Board, Charlottesville City Schools

Michael Lake

Mike McPherson

Tracey Greene, CBIC Executive Director

Be a Tech Tour Guide

CBIC's annual Tech Tour is all about igniting local students' interest in technology-related careers and showing the variety of opportunities available in our community to pursue their passions. Being a tour guide means getting a behind-the-scenes tour of 3 local tech companies or organizations along with 10-15 middle or high school students and their school chaperone. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to help keep the tours flowing smoothly plus you may just get to hang out with the next Megan Smith or Bill Gates!

For more information about the responsibilities of a Tour Guide or to sign up for duty on Thursday, October 8 from 8am to 2:30pm, please email Kim Wilkens (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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