The 17th annual CBIC Tech Tour ditched the buses for Zoom during the week of May 10! Driven by pandemic havoc and the heed from area educators for a virtual variety, we’re glad we did.

Upwards of 100 middle and high school students and their 19 K-12 teachers attended 34 tech tours, hosted by 14 organizations, all coordinated by CBIC. While this represents only about a third to a quarter of the size of previous year’s, it was nevertheless profoundly impactful.

Thank you so much for doing such a great job of organizing the tour. It was a crazy thing to pull off at the end of the year but you did it and it went very well! The companies designed interactive activities. All kept our students truly engaged. Several presentations are leading to follow-ups or hopes of follow-ups. We are very grateful to you for connecting us with these innovative companies.”

Caroline Bertrand, Career Specialist, Western Albemarle High School

The new Zoomisphere format has enabled CBIC to begin a library of video recordings from local companies that created memorable and inspiring experiences for our area students. Click on these links if you’d like to see what it’s like to work at WillowTree, Signature Science, Explore Learning, and Sentara Martha Jefferson.

CBIC’s annual Tech Tour provides an opportunity for area middle and high school students to learn about innovation and careers in dynamic high-tech companies. Through engaging experiences curated by a wide range of companies in our community, we inspire students to become the next generation of technology professionals and entrepreneurs.


“We had a great time with the unconventional meeting this year.”


Rachel Davidowitz, ExploreLearning



“All in all, it was our best Tech Tour to date!  Our imagery and workflow work well with the virtual format. Hope the rest of the sessions were as successful as ours!”


Sidney Griffin, Design Technology Director / Associate, VMDO Architects



“Thanking you for the virtual field trip! I learned about thinking outside the box, and using my head to solve simple problems in the real world. I also learned about processes that a product goes through before it is sold. Thank you Megan, Derek, and Heidi!”


Anonymous Albermarle HS Student





This massive coordination effort could not have been possible without hours of dedicated work by CBIC volunteers, host organizations, and teachers. 


Hats off to the 2021 Tech Tour hosts that created memorable and inspiring experiences for our area students.

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