Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better? We want you to use your imagination, to think creatively.
This is a chance to ask “What if?” or even build a fun example of what this might look like.
The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 (Years 7 to 11) and 16-19 (Years 12 to 13) working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.
There will be a prize of £1000 to the winning school in each category and the overall winners will be presented with their awards by HRH Duke of York KG at Buckingham Palace.
The TeenTech Awards were established in 2012/3 and schools have found them a powerful tool, helping students to see how they might apply science and technology to real world problems. They encourage students to develop their own ideas for making life better, simpler, safer or more fun. Participating schools are provided with a suggested structure and industry contacts.
There are 20 categories including “Teacher of the Year”. All submitted projects receive feedback and a bronze, silver or gold award. Every year the best projects go forward to the Royal Society for judging and the winners are invited by our patron, HRH Duke of York to Buckingham Palace.
TeenTech Awards Categories
Categories for Years 7-11
2. Future of Rail
5. Wearable Technology
6. Music, Media and Entertainment
8. Safety and Security
9. Fashion and Retail
10. Design and Construction
11. Future of Food
12. Future of Transport
13. Digital Skills (judged across all categories)
14. Manufacturing (judged across all categories)
15. Research and Information Literacy (judged across all categories)
16. Data Science
17. Tech for All
18. Teacher of the Year
NEW! Categories open to Years 12-13
Working in teams of three you need to decide on an award category, brainstorm ideas, clearly identify an opportunity or a problem, suggest a solution and research the market.
And you don’t have to work on your own! You can contact companies, universities, colleges and even join up with a group of students on the other side of the world to work with you on your project.
How to enter the TeenTech Awards
To get started, Complete a Stage 1 Entry Form for the TeenTech Awards 2018.
Don’t worry if you don’t know your category – register so we can keep you up to date with support materials and let us know your categories as soon as possible.
Working in teams of three, come up with your idea!
You could set up an Ideas Wall in your own school or run a ‘Dragons Den’ activity to find those great ideas. Don’t forget to send us pictures or videos of those early brainstorming sessions!
Submit your project online by March 31st 2018 using the Stage 2 Innovation Log forms – there is one for Years 7-11 and another for Years 12-13 – links coming soon. Finalists will be announced in early May with the Awards final taking place in June.
Support for your Ideas and Research
What’s the best way to do effective research for your TeenTech Award projects? Time invested wisely pays dividends and we are grateful to the Information Literacy Group at CILIP for working with us to produce a set of really helpful tips and guidelines.
From how to get the best results from Google to how to protect your IP, you’ll find the ideas very useful for all projects you may be doing at school or college.