Thank you Tech4Good!

We were delighted to be presented with the Tech4Good Special Award yesterday. To follow in the footsteps of Wikipedia and RaspberryPi is a massive honour and to receive it in the company of so many inspiring organisations was very humbling. We all feel very, very proud and would like to thank Abilitynet for the award, Liz Williams from BT for the lovely citation and @arnavsharmauk for the brilliant trophy. It’s a true celebration of the imagination and dedication of whole extended TeenTech family – the team, the regional partners, students, the teachers, the sponsors and over 2000 volunteers who work together so cleverly. It was also a lovely touch to invite Craig Doyle to chat to Maggie about what winning the award...
Cancer detectors and floating cities win plaudits as girls top 2017 TeenTech Awards

Cancer detectors and floating cities win plaudits as girls top 2017 TeenTech Awards

46 of the UK’s best teenage technologists and scientists have been crowned winners at the 2017 TeenTech Awards. 20 incredible ideas including a hand-held cancer detector, dissolvable chewing gum and floating cities were selected for their innovative concepts, incredible prototypes, and thorough research. TeenTech runs the year-round initiative with leading industry partners to challenge young people aged 11-18 to develop solutions to key societal, health and environmental issues using the power of science, technology and engineering. For the second year running, girls lead the charge, with females making up over 60% of the winners. That’s despite research by the WISE campaign revealing four in five (79%) of science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) jobs in the UK continue to be held by men. Figures from the Women’s Engineering Society, also show the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. The winning projects were chosen by a panel of judges made up of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics, including BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Click reporter Kate Russell and Scientist and TV Presenter Fran Scott. Dragon’s Den host Evan Davis, Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, Sky presenter Gemma Morris, and celebrity physicist Brian Cox, also met students on the day. Champions will be invited to a reception with His Royal Highness the Duke of York KG at Buckingham Palace in the autumn term. Sponsors include Airbus, Atkins, Cranfield University, CILIP, AQA, FDM Group, JVCKenwood, Marks and Spencer, Symantec and London Livery company, ‘The Fuellers” with over 300 companies and 45 Universities providing feedback and support to students. Schools from London, South Yorkshire, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Cheshire, Carmarthenshire...
Floating city anyone?

Floating city anyone?

PIONEERING UK TEENS SET OUT TO SOLVE THE WORLD’S PROBLEMS – WITH GIRLS LEADING THE CHARGE For the last nine months, 2,000 of the UK’s most creative teenagers have been hard at work saving the world – and now the moment of truth has arrived. From floating cities built to tackle rising sea levels, to kinetic batteries aimed at getting kids moving, the teens have come up with a range of incredible innovations aimed at solving the planet’s most pressing problems. The pioneering teens are competing in the 2017 TeenTech Awards, an initiative run by TeenTech with leading industry partners that challenges young people aged 11-18 to develop solutions to key societal, health and environmental issues using the power of science, technology and engineering. Today, 2017’s 63 projects and 143 TeenTech finalists are unveiled. And for the second year running, girls are leading the charge, with 56% of the short-list female. That’s despite research by the WISE campaign revealing four in five (79%) of science, engineering, technology and maths (STEM) jobs in the UK continue to be held by men.Figures from the Women’s Engineering Society, also show the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. Innovations include; a biometric bike lock that lets riders ‘stick’ their bike to any metal surface using electromagnets (Alexander Park School, London), a phone charger that uses physical movement to help reduce obesity (Mill Hill School, London), curative contact lenses for hay-fever sufferers (Oldham 6th Form College, Greater Manchester), affordable and ecological micro-homes to tackle the world’s housing crisis (Thurston Community College, Bury St Edmunds), a ‘hearable’ that acts as a...

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....

Why schools do TeenTech …

TeenTech work carefully with schools and companies delivering high quality initiatives for long term, large scale impact. We want to inspire individual students but our work goes much deeper – helping schools change their approach to science and technology and giving teachers and leadership teams confidence to develop powerful strategies to help students understand emerging career opportunities and why they might very much enjoy being part of that world. As one teacher remarked, “TeenTech has helped me remember why I went into teaching in the first place”. This is a case study showing how our platform and initiatives have been used to change thinking through an entire school.   When did Alton Convent School become involved in TeenTech? We discovered TeenTech as a school three years ago; the exponential impact has been absolutely remarkable.In short, TeenTech enabled our students to experience for themselves the creative and cross curricular relevance of science and technology for their future careers. Further to this TeenTech provided a powerful framework to build mutually beneficial relationships with other schools and businesses and to open the eyes of all to the exciting plethora of possibilities in tomorrow’s world. What has participation enabled you to achieve for your school and students? The school is now proud to have earnt the right to be a TeenTech Centre of Innovation and Creativity, and for our students to be recognised for their own inspirational contribution through the TeenTech Ambassadors programme and the BBC Radio 1 Teen Heroes Award. We are thrilled to extend our links within the local community, to feeder and local secondary schools, as well as internationally through existing...
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...
Want to work at SKY?

Want to work at SKY?

  Interested in tech? Want to train with a global broadcaster? Sky have some good technology and software apprenticeships for students. Applications are now open for students aged 16-25 who would like to start in August/September 2017. Technology Apprenticeship:  https://jobs.sky.com/job/osterley/technology-apprenticeship-osterley-west-london/1748/3777895 Software Engineering Apprenticeship : https://jobs.sky.com/job/osterley/software-engineering-apprenticeship-osterley-west-london/1748/3765593 On March 1st they are also running a special open evening so girls can find out more about the opportunities. Female Tech Only Insight Day:  Wed 1 March 2017 17:00 – 19:00 GMT What to expect: Introduction to Sky Tech Taster Activity-Getting to experiment with some technologies and hear from existing Apprentices and Apprentice managers Hints and Tips on how to write a successful application. Tour of the Sky Campus More details and registration form can be found here: Female Tech Only Insight...
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...