TeenTech City – The Video

TeenTech City 2017 was a two day festival of science, technology and engineering with opportunity for students to share their projects for the TeenTech City of Tomorrow....
Photo Finish at Doncaster !

Photo Finish at Doncaster !

Doncaster Racecourse transformed into science, technology and engineering showcase TeenTech celebrates five years of collaborating with companies, universities in South Yorkshire to inspire and support the innovators of tomorrow.  25 schools from across South Yorkshire worked alongside over 150 scientists, engineers and technologists to get a taste of the reality of careers in technology and engineering, as they descended on Doncaster Racecourse on Thursday. TeenTech South Yorkshire saw the innovators of tomorrow taking part in an exciting line up of activities and experiments at the venue – showcasing just how their passion and skills could lead to rich and fulfilling careers in industry. During the day, students aged 12 – 14 took part in a variety of challenges set up by key regional and national industry players including SKANSKA, Pegler South Yorkshire, Atkins, BBC, Sodexo, JVCKenwood and Network Rail. Tasks were set throughout the day to test the innovation and creativity of the young people, helping them develop a set of skills which can be translated in to the school environment and later into a career. Students from Horbury Academy also took to the stage to share their own successful journey through the TeenTech awards process which not only took them to the Royal Society final but also “helped us understand so much more about all the different jobs out there and really developed our team working skills” TeenTech uses insight from its events to shape its engagement around the country – its research shows that experiential challenges effectively change perceptions and provide a valuable insight to future jobs at a time when subject choices at school are most...
TeenTech City

TeenTech City

The Emirates Stadium became a cathedral  of technology in January for 1000 students and over 400 volunteers from leading science technology and engineering companies working together on challenges and experiments. TeenTech City is now in its sixth year, growing from an event for 140 students which ran just before The Olympics in 2012 to one which is now ten times the size but  still delivers focussed, sharply focussed sessions  bringing the world of technology and those who work in it to life. Check out pictures  here: This year we dedicated the first day to younger students (Year 6 and Year 7) who brought projects entered into our TeenTech City of Tomorrow Initiative. Teams came from across the UK including Scotland and Wales and you can read more about this on a  dedicated website – it was a very thrilling day for students, teachers, judges and parents. The second day began with a five hour time-tabled session for over 500 Year 8 and Year 9 students from 45 London schools . We measured the on the day impact by voting buttons and the change in the way careers in these sectors are perceived, particularly by girls is considerable …Here are the stats … The session on 12th Jan where we used voting buttons was with 500, mixed ability Year 8/9 students from 45 different schools across London. 42% Boys, 58% Girls .  On arrival 54% of all students were ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ interested in Science, increasing to 67% at the end of the day. In terms of girls, 56% were ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ interested on arrival increasing to 76% at the...
TeenTech CEO awarded OBE

TeenTech CEO awarded OBE

  I’m very thrilled and honoured to be awarded an O.B.E. It came as a massive surprise and it’s been very hard to keep quiet about it for the past four weeks. I do wish my lovely Mum and Dad were still alive to share this with me. They would have been so fiercely proud and I want to give them and my sister Nickie credit for much of what I’ve been able to achieve. Many think of me as a science and tech reporter but it’s now eight years since I co-founded TeenTech with Chris Dodson. Our first event ran in an enormous empty office building on the Green Park in Reading. We brought together everyone in the Thames Valley keen to improve young people’s understanding of the emerging opportunities across science , technology and engineering. I had been struck by the profound lack of information about the opportunities available in tech across a range of sectors and industries. Students, parents, teachers, companies and often government too can have narrow perceptions of what might be possible. Far too much talent has been slipping away. I wanted TeenTech to address this. Since that first event, it’s gone from strength to strength, growing as different regions of the UK and Europe have asked us to work with them. Suggestions for the expansion of our initiatives has been driven by demand from students, teachers and companies who have advised and supported our work. It’s been incredibly exciting to see the impact TeenTech has made on students, teachers and in some cases whole communities. We’ve been so proud to see TeenTech alumni...

TeenTech Teachers 2017

January 10th : The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH /and (for those able to join earlier) 1 Frederick’s Place, Off Old Jewry, London EC2R 8AE How can you make sure your students really stand out from the crowd? What experiences and skills will really set them up for the future? This event will help you understand more about different career pathways and the real qualities which employers are keen to see. This event is suitable for all teachers and head teachers whether or not their students are attending TeenTech events  and will offer valuable insight into careers in the digital world, covering all industries from aeronautics to film production, cyber security to healthcare. We are delighted that the Bank of England have offered to host this event and to give us a rare opportunity to go inside this iconic building and to de-mystify the Bank of England! This event is strictly by pre-registration only using the contact form below. Pre-event session  If you are able to arrive earlier then we have a great opportunity for teachers . You do not need to attend this pre-event activity to attend the Bank of England event. 15.45-16.45  Maker Session – Hands on with FabLab FabLab London are opening up their awesome space opposite the Bank of England for teachers attending the Bank of England event. It’s a chance for you to get hands on with the brilliant facilities provided in their 4000 sq ft facility for designing and making. If you want to find out how to inspire your students – come and explore the possibilities of lasers, wearable technology, 3D printing...

The Future of Transport

How do you design a transport system which is truly future proof and inclusive? Paralympian and 8 times gold medallist Sophie Christiansen  joined TeenTech Award students, Transport for London and Maggie Philbin in North Greenwich  this week to brainstorm ideas for a transport system that could be truly inclusive. The group of able bodied, disabled and young people with learning difficulties brainstormed ideas to improve the whole public transport experience for everyone. Sophie gave an inspiring and powerful presentation helping students see the different ways she has tackled a whole series of obstacles to reach the top, not only in sport but in her work as an analyst at Goldman Sachs. Sophie didn’t hold back on the frustration she feels at having to phone 24 hours in advance to make sure ramps are available at railway stations and says she has lost count of the number of times she has turned up only to discover that no-one is there to help. “The companies are getting better with not requiring 24 hours notice, but I normally still get told that I should – even when I don’t know what time I’m finishing work. And even when I book, I still take a gamble on whether assistance will come or not.  Either the guard doesn’t know you booked so you have to wave them down to let you on or no one comes with a ramp to let you off the other end” Students with learning difficulties shared the problems they had when it came to navigating stations, buses and tube trains due to confusing signage or unexpected changes to timetables....