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...

Tea, Tech and Teens at Buckingham Palace

TeenTech  are very fortunate to have a generous patron in HRH Duke of York KG, who, every year, invites the winners of the TeenTech Awards to share in a special celebration event at Buckingham Palace. So this week students from schools across the UK , from Greenock to Cornwall poured into the Bow room  to quite literally have tea at Buckingham Palace. The most creative and innovative ideas were chosen by judges at the finals held at the Royal Society earlier in the summer. The students, were challenged to work in groups of up to three and use technology to solve real-world problems in 19 categories inspired by industries important to the future including infrastructure, environment, transport, healthcare and wearables The Duke was an enthusiastic and  lively host, seizing the opportunity to catch up on the progress teams had made,saying what the young people had achieved was remarkable and how important it was for them to continue to have ideas. One team from Newbury shared news of how their E- Water Tap, which monitors the use and working state of each tap remotely, is in final production with the first 200 taps to be installed in The Gambia in Spring 2016. Fresh water supplies are a crucial part of day-to-day life in many parts of the African continent; the E-Water Tap will help engineers ensure continuous supplies are possible by aiding fault-finding. The technology also allows control over access to the water supplies and using real-time data on usage can also inform stakeholders like suppliers and local government about demand at any given time. A team from London has been invited into...

TeenTech sets sail on the Solent!

We’re thrilled to say the first TeenTech event in Portsmouth was a brilliant success and the date is already in the diary for next year! If you are a school or business in the region keep May 12th 2016 free. Cath Longhurst, CEO of the Education Business Partnership who partnered with us to deliver the event said, ‘We have so many interesting local science and technology companies, this fantastic event enabled our young people to understand the huge potential for career opportunities in STEM on their doorstep’. The feedback from schools was impressive with 100% saying they would ‘definitely’ attend again next time. And in the meantime schools are gathering teams to compete in the TeenTech Awards 2015/6, with a regional final to be hosted by  TeenTech Solent lead sponsor Highbury College. Portsmouth water were working with us for the first time and if you’d like to know more about what that might mean – they’ve sent us a case study which captures their experience. Companies were so keen to run activities and challenges that there was a waiting list. So next year the size and reach of the event will be extended to include schools in Southampton and South West Hampshire. Here’s a video which captures what went on …...

TeenTech South Yorkshire 2015

TeenTech South Yorkshire flew past the winning post with a brilliant day showcasing not only leading tech and engineering companies from across the region but the outstanding potential of young teenagers to innovate and create. We were delighted to welcome Kate Russell from BBC Click who led the day, encouraging teenagers to see beyond the screen and get developing and building technology.  Only at TeenTech would young students have the chance to try their hand at hip replacements, build their own guitar using arduinos or work out the best way to design a cat flap that tweets when your cat comes in! Many thanks to our sponsors for helping so many schools understand the range of opportunities in technology. And TeenTech South Yorkshire will run again in March 2016! There are a few pics below but if you want to see more checkout the TeenTech Flickr pages here          ...