What We Do
TeenTech runs lively one-day events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology.
We are an award winning, industry-led initiative, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.
TeenTech events take place at venues across the UK – at each event 300 pupils from 30 different schools benefit from hands-on exhibits and challenges run by leading organisations. TeenTech works collaboratively with Education Business Partnerships, companies, Universities and business organisations to create these very special experiences for young people.
In 2010 TeenTech won the Best Engineering Event in Science and Engineering Week award and in 2011 was the only UK organisation to receive a Google RISE award. In 2012 Maggie Philbin and TeenTech also won Best Outreach and Engagement Award presented by UKRC/WISE (Women in Science and Engineering).
Who We Are
We are delighted that HRH the Duke of York agreed to be our Patron.
Board of Directors
“ A generation sit in classrooms convinced subjects like Maths and Physics are irrelevant because they’re “going to be famous”. I met one group of students, who when asked to name a modern scientist or technologist could only name Einstein. Working on Tomorrow’s World allowed me to meet many brilliant and engaging people behind inventions.TeenTech does the same for young people before they make critical decisions over GCSE choices.”
Maggie Philbin, Founder and CEO TeenTech CIC
“I’ve spent much of my career working in Technology at the BBC and I’m thrilled to be part of TeenTech, helping to enthuse the Scientists, Engineers and Technologists of tomorrow that the UK so badly needs”.
Roland Allen, Director & CTO TeenTech CIC.
“TeenTech opens eyes, bridges gaps and builds new relationships. I’ve seen it in action in East London creating a buzz, raising aspirations of young people and teachers, and inspiring one of the mentors to blog that it had relit his fire. I’ve had so many opportunities through my career in technology and I’m delighted to help inspire the technologists of tomorrow.”
Sue O’Hare, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
“Alongside the benefit to the teenagers is the positive employee engagement. The engineers taking part display pride in their skills and company. They expressed being inspired by the teenagers as much as they inspired with the questions from the teenagers giving a different perspective. I personally believe within corporate organisations we should be supporting STEM initiatives to build the skills we will need in the future”.
Valerie Elliott, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
TeenTech is inspiring in so many ways. Although intended to motivate young people, we know that teaching staff and employers learn so much from being involved. This has helped to rejuvenate the school curriculum and given a real boost to Science and Technology subjects.
Sandra Cooper, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Technology and Engineering are our future. TeenTech is so rare in recognising this. There are numerous initiatives to involve young people in understanding science but TeenTech is one of a very select few that shows the next generation how it can be applied. I was delighted to be asked to be part of what I see as a vital task: engaging young people to be part of shaping our future rather than just being passengers on someone else’s journey.
Professor Alan Woodward, Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Twenty years ago it was impossible to plan for my career or the skills required in my profession. Today I watch as my own children are guided by rigid plans for higher education without the opportunity to realise a passion, enthusiasm, access or encouragement in science, technology and engineering. Britain has long delivered on engineering success, discovery and software development from many unexpected individuals. These opportunities must be encouraged in the hearts and minds of future generations and in the attitudes of their future employers.
Nik Butler, Technology Manager TeenTech CIC
Working for an EBP and talking to employers it is essential that young people find out more about the world of work before they make important choices in their lives. TeenTech provides an amazing opportunity to enthuse young people to become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow and I am proud to be part of the team.
Helen Wilson, Project Manager TeenTech CIC
TeenTech is about teenagers being enthused and meeting people who can bring the meaning of getting the right qualifications to life. After 20 years working for the BBC, ITV and also specialising in science, I know that means communicating in an exciting and engaging way. I’m delighted to join a team dedicated to inspiring a new generation.
Karen Thomas, Press & Publicity Manager TeenTech CIC and Media Consultant, Karen Thomas Media
Having spent my working life involved in education and technology I am delighted to be part of this exciting and innovative project. Engaging young people’s interest in science and engineering has potential benefits both for them and for the economic prosperity of the UK.
Pat Sartorius, Project Co-ordinator, TeenTech CIC
Chris Dodson OBE DL, Co-Founder of TeenTech CC and Chairman, Torftech
Bringing so many interesting, talented people into one space to enthuse about their industries gives the students something really tangible. I am proud to have played some part in developing the event and feel confident we can grow TeenTech to broaden the minds of more young people.”
Amanda Richards, Former Non-Executive Director TeenTech CIC and CEO West Berkshire Education Business Partnership
“TeenTech is an innovative and exciting way to get young people interested in science. Working at 3M I understood just how much business needs more scientists and engineers. I am delighted to have been involved with a passionate and committed team like TeenTech’
David Cook, Former Non- Executive Director TeenTech CIC
Having spent a number of years trying to encourage a new generation of engineers into our industry to replace an aging workforce I was incredibly excited when I discovered TeenTech. Now having worked with the team to find companies to both support and sponsor events and having attended several events myself I feel privileged to be involved with such an amazing organisation, doing such inspiring and essential work.”
Bill Walker, TeenTech CIC Business Ambassador and Managing Director, NOISE (UK) Ltd.