TeenTech Awards 2016 Winners

TeenTech Awards 2016 Winners

What a fantastic day! A host of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics poured into the Royal Society to meet the talented young entrepreneurs and hear more about their cutting-edge insights into how to harness technology to make the world better. More than 120 teenagers were given the opportunity to get their ideas in front of the businesses and individuals who can help commercialise them and make them a reality. Having seen off fierce competition from over 1400 contenders across the UK, the young innovators travelled to London to present their pioneering ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrity science presenters, journalists and eminent academics. Co-founder of TeenTech co-founder and former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin was joined by a host of familiar faces including Professor Brian Cox, theoretical physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Gemma Morris from SKY, Fran Scott, CBBC Science Presenter, Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, Tech reporter for BBC Click LJ Rich, Channel 4 News’ Geoff White, science and tech reporter Dallas Campbell, and Jo Johnson MP. Young people aged 11-18 were challenged to use technology to solve real-world problems by researching current markets and gleaning advice from industry experts. The students came up with scientific and technological solutions to real problems across a range of categories including energy, healthcare, education, entertainment, environment, transport, construction, and wearables. Winning teams have been rewarded with special experiences with the sponsoring companies and an invitation from TeenTech Patron HRH Duke of York KG to a special reception at Buckingham Palace in the Autumn. Harry Smith, 18 from Oakham School was...
TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin Digital Leader of the Year

TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin Digital Leader of the Year

TeenTech CEO Maggie Philbin was thrilled to receive the Digital Leader of the Year for her work with TeenTech. The Digital Leaders 100 Awards celebrate some of the greatest achievements in digital leadership in the past year. Presenting her with her award, the CEO of Lloyds Bank described her as having very special qualities as a leader. “It’s incredibly humbling to win something like this. There were some brilliant people nominated, and that’s the whole thing about the digital space. There are so many people doing such incredibly significant work,” said Maggie “By default digital has created this whole community because we know about each other and support each other. The award has come as the most wonderful surprise and is an absolute credit to the brilliant team of people across the UK and Ireland who make TeenTech the very special organisation it has grown to...
TeenTech City of Tomorrow

TeenTech City of Tomorrow

An exciting new initiative for Years 5-6 and 7-9 The TeenTech City of Tomorrow initiative offers students in Key Stages 2 and 3 (8-14 year olds) the opportunity to apply their knowledge of science, technology and engineering to create their own vision of the city. The activity highlights career pathways in construction, engineering and technology and promotes good citizenship. Schools, libraries, local councils, LEPs can register to participate here. If you are a parent or carer and would like to work with your child on this project, individual entries can also be made. Working to the brief of ‘smarter, kinder, safer’, each team will produce a building to sit on the footprint of an A4 card – but buildings can extend upwards or sideways. Materials used to build project models should be recycled or cost no more than £10 if bought specially. Teams are encouraged to incorporate ideas to develop the connectivity of their city, exploiting the Internet of Things. Together they will develop ideas for the connected city, addressing issues of how we will live, work and play in the future. Materials used to build project models should be recycled or cost no more than £10 if bought specially. Students can consider city areas such as parks, recreation centres, museums, airports, train stations, business hubs, workspaces, community gardens, not-for-profit institutions, environmental centres, residential, retail, etc There are free curriculum resources and lesson plans to help you plan the activity. How do I run the activity in my school or region?  The TeenTech City of Tomorrow programme has been designed to be flexible and scalable. It can be run...
TeenTech Events 2016 – come and join us!

TeenTech Events 2016 – come and join us!

Our TeenTech event days open students’ eyes to the possibilities of careers in science, engineering and technology at all levels. We dispel pre-conceptions and help young people see why they might want to play a very real part in these industries. Every event brings together 30-50 schools and 150-200 engineers, scientists and people working in tech for a carefully timetabled day of challenges and experiments. If you would like to participate as a school, company or sponsor do get in touch : info@teentechevent.com You can read feedback from our stakeholders at the end of the post. Our programme for 2016 is: TeenTech South Yorkshire – Doncaster Racecourse March 3 TeenTech Galway – March 8th 2016 TeenTech Manchester – April 27th 2016 TeenTech Solent May 19th 2016 TeenTech Hampshire – June 16th 2016 TeenTech Awards – (final) June 20th 2016 TeenTech Humber – July 6th 2016 TeenTech City of Tomorrow – Bristol and West Region – July 12th 2016 TeenTech Telford October 11th 2016 TeenTech North Wales – October 2016 Teentech West – October 2016 TeenTech Surrey – November 2016 TeenTech City – January 12th 2017 Feedback from our stakeholders:  The real benefit of involvement in TeenTech is that students get the opportunity to make connections with the world of work and are allowed to be creative, innovative while collaborating with University and Industry representatives. They are learning skills in pitching and presenting, producing reports, meeting deadlines. In Key Stage 3 we now emphasise the principles of collaboration, teamwork, problem solving skills and how Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics connect together. Teen Tech is having a major impact on our...
TeenTech Award entries – four weeks to go!

TeenTech Award entries – four weeks to go!

It’s a busy time of year for TeenTech and one we always look forward to! It’s just one month before the entries for the TeenTech Awards start to come in – so make sure you’re registered and have all the supporting information. The Stage 2 entry form for uploading projects will go live at the beginning of March. Closing date for entries is March 15th or the end of term. If you have any questions do get in touch with Dani who’s happy to help!...
TeenTech City

TeenTech City

THANK YOU  to everyone who made TeenTech City such a powerful experience. Teenagers buzzed with anticipation as they looked down on an arena filled to bursting with tech and engineering ready for them to explore. Many companies and universities had worked hard for months to develop fresh activities that brought opportunities in tech to life and teams from TeenTech Humber, TeenTech Solent and Teen Tech Surrey joined forces with our core team to deliver TeenTech’s largest event day. Check out our full set of pics on Flickr. The  520 Year 8 and Year 9 students participating in the TeenTech activity zones were joined by the Longitude Explorer finalists eager to learn who was going to win the coveted prizes and by all first year web media students from Ravensbourne who spend the first term of their University course building websites to share the experience of the day. Add those inspiring 300 volunteers from across every aspect of the science and technology industries  and you have some idea of the scale of the day. It was also an opportunity to get brainstorming for the TeenTech Awards and it wasn’t long before the long wall of the venue was  covered in ideas . It was great to hear the reaction of teachers saying students were both fascinated and inspired.  Many, many more pics on Flickr...