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TeenTech Makes a Difference

TeenTech Makes a Difference

We’ve just had the official results back from a survey run at the  TeenTech 2010 event in Reading and they really  show the difference a day makes! The 300 mixed ability students who came from 27 different  secondary schools across Berkshire were aged between 11 and 13. When they  arrived we asked them to rate the importance of  Science and Engineering and to tell us  how likely they were to have a career in those areas. And then, after they’d spent a day with our scientists and engineers we asked them the same question. The results show that just one day with a  range of people working across contemporary Science and Engineering can make a significant difference to preconceptions. It’s hard to hold on to the idea of an engineer as a ” fat man with greasy hair” once you’ve met bright young women from BT or IBM and over 70% of students completely re-appraised the value and status they attached to the profession. Although many students arrived believing that scientists and mathematicians were important, even they saw a  45%  improvement in their rating. Talking to enthusiastic people,  keen to explain what their daily work involved, whether it was  working out how to get the best performance from an electric racing racing car or choosing the best location for a wind farm, made a difference to the number of students who were prepared to think about careers in these fields;  75% saying they were more likely to think about engineering and 68% more enthusiastic about a career in Science. Moving  Science and Engineering out of the laboratory and into...

TeenTech 2008

TeenTech 2008 Activity Day at Green Park Date issued: 19/11/08 Students discover the science behind rollercoasters! The first TeenTech Activity Day was run on 12 November 2008 at Green Park, Reading, as part of the iFestival 2008. The event was co-sponsor by Institute of Directors, Cisco and IET. Aimed at 12-14 years olds, the event was organised by the three Education Business Partnerships across the region; East Berkshire EBP, Central Berkshire EBP and West Berkshire EBP. Claire Knight, curriculum based learning executive at East Berkshire EBP, said: “There was everything from an egg drop challenge to the opportunity to listen to ‘A Day in the Life’ talks from some really inspiring speakers who have built a career in IT or science. We also had around 30 companies exhibiting, including BT, Wyeth, Foster Wheeler, BBC, CADline, with the aim of encouraging students to take up a career in science and technology. There might be an illusion among students that science is a bit boring, but our aim was to demonstrate how fantastic it is and how evident science is in every-thing we do. It was a fantastic day.” For Maggie Philbin, our well known broadcaster in Berkshire, it was a real “light bulb” moment when she came up with the initial idea for TeenTech in discussions with me in the summer. Since then, she has been “overwhelmed” with support and hopes it will help kick start closer links between local businesses and schools, giving them the chance to work more closely together. Maggie wanted TeenTech to get the message across that there is a wealth of career opportunities in science...