The Grand Final of the inaugural TeenTech Awards was held on Monday June 24th at The Royal Society in London. In an excited atmosphere our young finalists vied for the top positions in eleven categories. It was a difficult day for our judges as they had to struggle to choose from a very strong selection and much agonising took place before the winners were announced to a packed audience of top academics and science celebrities. Here are the winning teams with their certificates:
The eleven winning teams have been invited to Buckingham Palace by TeenTech Patron HRH The Duke of York so that he can present them with their prizes personally.
To add to the excitement of the day we had some celebrity visitors who took a keen interest in all of the 36 teams’ projects – here are Professor Brian Cox and James May talking to the finalists:
The Awards were compered by two students from Park House School in Newbury and celebrity presenters and judges included Liz Bonnin, Adam Rutherford, Maggie Aderin Pocock, Dallas Campbell,
Jim Al-Khalili, Rory Cellan Jones , Charles Arthur, Helen Keen, Martyn Ware and Helen Arney.
Ideas ranged from a computer game with 220,000 lines of code (all written by one pupil) and a smart fridge which can tell you when it needs restocking. Other pupils came up with a wearable bracelet for Diabetics to test their blood sugar levels.
Over a hundred young people representing almost every region in the UK travelled from as far as Greenock in Scotland in the North and Truro in Cornwall in the south to present their science ideas to an eminent board of judges in London.
Communication Category sponsored by HP:Communication Category
The Hayfield School, Doncaster, South Yorkshire for “Dimension” – a 3-D Projector -“Our idea is a holographic projector which could be used in schools, the medical profession, in the military and in industry.”
Construction Category sponsored by Atkins Global:
Archbishop Sentamu School, Hull for “Future School” – “A design for a sustainable school of the future. We had to research the needs of the community, investigate sustainable building techniques and materials and learn about net-zero energy buildings. We went on to use industry standard software to ideate and develop designs using Building Information Modelling techniques.”
Education Category sponsored by Google:
Loughborough Grammar School, Leicester for “Project E.A.G.L.E” – an app that will have many features designed to make school life for the pupils and teachers easier. We will try to cover a vast range of subjects in which pupils can learn about topics, play educational games and quizzes, and access resources such as worksheets, revision sheets, homework planner and calendar.”
Entertainment Category sponsored by JVC:
Birkdale School, Sheffield, South Yorkshire with “Deep Focus”. “Our idea is a Graphic and Game Design project called Deep Focus – incorporating the project’s first game, “Infection”. We wrote 220,000 lines of code and have set up our own business. We are also using our computer knowledge to broaden our portfolio of products in graphics, music production, social media sites, 2D and 3D logos and marketing/promotional media. Infection took months of programming and coding. We have constructed all the maps, invented all the game ideas, and lots more!”
Environment Category Sponsored by Cummins:
Notre Dame High School, Greenock, Scotland with “Chargicle” – “Our idea is a bike attachment which charges your iPad or Tablet through pedal power.”
Future of Food Category Sponsored by Heinz & The Institute for Food Science & Technology:
Luckley-Oakfield School, Wokingham, Berkshire with “A Fridge With Attitude”. “Our idea is a fridge which uses technology to scan the food and take in information e.g. the expiry date and the original weight (before it was used). The fridge can also weigh this food so it knows when a food is starting to run out and how much has been used.”
Healthcare Category Sponsored by Shire Healthcare:
Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, Cheshire with “QuickCheck”. “We formed a company JSS Ltd and are creating a bracelet that is a blood glucose checker. It is made for diabetics so that they don’t need to carry the huge acu-check around with them.”
Sport Category Sponsored by Cranfield University:
Wirral Grammar School, Bebington, Merseyside with “Sporting Commandos – The Creative Court” – “A court which uses lights to set lines for the sport that the person wishes to play. The lines are very simple to change with the use of the remote that comes with the court projector system.”
Transport Category Sponsored by Airbus:
Luckley Oakfield, Wokingham Berkshire with “ Truly You” – “A car that can be personalised like all your gadgets. Better still, it can detect your mood and make your driving experience safer.”
Wearable Technology Category Sponsored by CPC:
Welland Park Academy, Leicestershire for “Pressure Boots” – “A shoe which harnesses power while you walk to charge up a mobile device, like a phone or an MP3 player. People like to listen to music while they run, so this will mean they never run out of power, or the inspiration to keep on running!”
Journalism – Sponsored by City University London:
Parkside Federation Academies, Cambridge for ““Descending Under the Ice – A
Snowball Earth” (an article on the causes & effects of the snowball earth theory) A special award for outstanding global collaboration was also presented: Best
Loreto Grammar School, Altrincham, Cheshire for collaborations on their Quickcheck insulin bracelet – with international schools in Finland, Czech Republic, Airbus, Shire Healthcare, University of Hull and the University of Manchester.
In order to win, students had to show original ideas and entries demonstrating thorough research, excellent presentation and a clear understanding of the potential market. They were also asked to prove that they had sought-out and contacted industry experts and worked with them, in the spirit of global collaboration.
The winners take away a thousand pounds in cash for their schools, a 3-D printed trophy and will attend a Royal Award Ceremony in Buckingham Palace next month where they’ll have the chance to show their ideas to TeenTech Patron, His Royal Highness The Duke of York.
The ideas, based on science, engineering and technology, ranged from the clinical management of diabetes through high-tech armbands to futuristic transport by electric motorbikes. Pupils in Cornwall have even come up with a solution to the dangers of sewage in the sea by developing a high-tech surfboard wax to warn surfers. After serious market insights, they’ve developed a novelty shape for the product: dog poo!
At least three youth business enterprises have been formed as a consequence of the competition and for many pupils valuable connections have been made with professional organisations, universities and corporations.
“We have been bowled over by entries demonstrating not only imagination but real commitment to projects, which some students have clearly worked on for months. Their work has been an absolute delight to judge. Many students have told us that this has been the best experience they have had in or outside school – which has been thrilling to hear. Some schools have now built the Awards into their curriculum for next year as they felt it was such a valuable experience”
Hundreds of enthusiastic teams registered for the national contest, being held by award-winning science-event organisation TeenTech at The Royal Society in London. Students between the ages of 11 and 16 were challenged to put forward compelling entries in eleven categories showing high levels of global collaboration with business, industry and the education sector.
Teenagers contacted NASA scientists in the USA, aviation engineers in Germany, the medical profession, universities across the world and even Britain’s top Paralympic talent.
The young people also searched for scientific and technological solutions to real problems affecting their communities – from managing the impact of flooding in the North of England to harnessing the power of water to create renewable energy in the South. The challenges of disabilities were also tackled by the youngsters – from sensory books for autistic people, devices to help disabled people take part in sport to mechanised exoskeletons to rehabilitate paralysed patients.
Award sponsors include leading international corporations Airbus, Atkins Global, diesel engine designer and manufacturer Cummins, CPC (distributors of Raspberry Pi), Google, Heinz, HP, The Institute for Food Science and Technology, JVC, Network Rail and Shire Healthcare. Cranfield University and City University London also sponsored the event.