Tech Tour

Introduction

Save the Date - 2016 CBIC Tech Tour will be on October 11

CBIC’s annual Tech Tour is a day-long event that introduces area middle and high school students to our region’s technology companies and exposes students to the diverse career possibilities offered by our regional technology community. The program is designed to help youth envision themselves as technology innovators. Nearly 100% volunteer driven, each annual tour organizes upwards of 400 area middle and high school students who visit more than 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

Applications will open October 12, 2016

Tech Tour 2016

Visit Your Future

There are several ways you can get involved and inspire the next generation:

  • 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. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to get involved.

When: Tuesday, October 11, 2016

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

Jeff Faust, Charlottesville City School
James Foreman, Albemarle County Public Schools
DJ Hill, Sperry Marine
Michael Lake, Alleyway Consulting
Maria Lewis, Charlottesville City Schools
Mike McPherson, Goozbazi LLC (co-chair)
Jason Ness, City of Charlottesville
Andrew Renshaw, PVCC
Miriam Rushfinn, PVCC
Susan Stimart, Albemarle County
Kim Wilkens, St. Anne’s-Belfield School (co-chair)
Jasmine Xiao, UVA

With support from Tracey Greene, CBIC's Executive Director and members of CBIC's board of directors.

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!

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