BBC asks UK to Make It Digital – Get In!!

TeenTech are delighted to be one of the partners for Make It Digital – the BBC’s biggest initiative since the Olympic games! 2015 is the year the BBC is aiming to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology. There will be a raft of initiatives and interventions ranging from content across TV and radio to the BBC Dr Who coding games to the BBC Bitesize online resources to support the learning of computing. The idea is to use the collective power not only of the BBC but companies and organisations who are already working hard  to help young people get creative and understand the opportunities in the digital world. It aligns perfectly with our our core objectives and we are very much enjoying providing our support and resources for the campaign. The launch took place at Central St Martins today and our CEO Maggie Philbin joined BBC Director General Tony Hall and Ian Livingstone onstage to discuss the exciting plans. These include: A major partnership to develop and give 1 million ‘Micro Bit’ coding devices to all year 7 children across the UK for free to inspire a future generation. A season of programmes and online activity involving the BBC’s biggest and best-loved brands, including Doctor Who, EastEnders, Radio 1, The One Show, Children in Need, BBC Weather and many more, including a new drama based on Grand Theft Auto and a documentary on Bletchley Park. The Make it Digital Traineeship to create life-changing opportunities for up to 5,000 young unemployed people, the largest traineeship of its kind. Partnerships with around 50 major...

How to be an inspiration …

If you work in Science and Tech and want to help young people see the opportunities in your industry it’s helpful to understand the difference between being an inspiration and being a turn off. Research shows one off interventions may re-inforce decisions which students have already made but won’t necessarily convince the ‘floating voter’. So consider how you can build long term relationships with schools and  work with students on  projects like the TeenTech Awards. Think about how best to  reach the students you most need to reach. The ones who are perhaps oblivious to their own potential. Remember they may find it much easier to relate to apprentices and graduate trainees than to your CEO, who may impress but leave them thinking they could never achieve the same heights. At TeenTech we run workshops to help organisations learn how to communicate powerfully with young people and their parents. But here are some tips from teachers who have contributed to the Digital Skills For Tomorrow’s World report on what really helps if you want to work with their students. Everyone wants your visit or engagment to be a big success and there are some helpful ideas here If you have further suggestions, please add them.   What works   ‘Explaining the links between curricular material and what lies ahead in HE and the workplace’ ‘Making sessions ‘hands-on’ or interactive’ ‘Find out as much as you can about the students. Make sure you contact the teacher and discuss your plans before your visit. Teachers understand their students and will offer good suggestions for how to make the session work well” ‘Run sessions...

TeenTech Awards – The Royal Society video

The final judging day for the TeenTech Awards is held at The Royal Society and attracts some of the biggest names in Science and Technology. The final in 2015 will be held on June 22nd and here’s a film about what happened last time …....

TeenTech Awards 2015 – now open!

It’s time to register for the 2015 TeenTech Awards. Now in their third successful year, they are open to young people aged 11-16 ,in teams of up to three, the challenge is to look at the world and share ideas on how to make life better, simpler or easier. Category winners take home £1000 for their school and have the opportunity to share their idea with HRH Duke of York and leading experts in science and technology. The final judging day is held at the Royal Society in London and the winners are invited to a special presentation at Buckingham Palace. This year one of our sponsors will also work with the students who have the most marketable or commercial idea to see if it can be turned into a real product which will be sold in their stores with all profits going to the school.   * Open to students aged 11-16 working in teams of up to three  * Win £1000 in every innovation category including Teacher of the Year * Winners are invited to Buckingham Palace to meet our patron HRH Duke of York * 12 categories including transport, health, wearable technology, energy, design and construction *  New categories for 2015 including Infrastructure, Retail and Finance, Safety and Security *  Gives students insight into science, technology and engineering careers *  Support from industry mentors and from global companies *  Meet some of the leading experts in Science and technology.   Find out more  about the TeenTech Awards,  including details of the different categories here Don’t worry if you can’t confirm categories – you have until December...

TeenTech Teachers event – Wales 2013

  Special event at Airbus, Broughton, N.Wales  for people working in education  9.45am – 3pm It’s never been more important for schools to be aware of the real needs of employers and the local economy. The world of work and the skills needed by young people to really thrive is changing fast. TeenTech Teacher events will give insight into the landscape and how you can use this knowledge to influence the workforce of tomorrow. Open to head teachers, school senior management teams, teachers and  career professionals. On June 12th there will be a rare opportunity to tour the Airbus Broughton site and to find out more about the broader opportunities in contemporary Science, Engineering and Technology. This event will also be open to teachers in North Cheshire and the Wirral. Please register now as places are limited.   Full details: sandra@teentechevent.com  Airbus, Broughton, June 12th 9.45 – 3.00  This event will provide opportunities to tour the site and see those wings being made, hear about the future of the local economy, learn how to use robotics and the Raspberry Pi effectively in the classroom and  see some brilliant ways of encouraging your students to learn more about photonics. We’ll also examine the changing face of apprenticeships and the technology set to transform the way we live and work. We will take you through an interesting and thought provoking vision of technology past and present and outline how you can bring this to life for students through the TeenTech event planned for Spring 2014. You will get the chance to see technology in action on a tour of the Airbus site and get some hands-on experience of leading...