TeenTech City

TeenTech City

THANK YOU  to everyone who made TeenTech City such a powerful experience. Teenagers buzzed with anticipation as they looked down on an arena filled to bursting with tech and engineering ready for them to explore. Many companies and universities had worked hard for months to develop fresh activities that brought opportunities in tech to life and teams from TeenTech Humber, TeenTech Solent and Teen Tech Surrey joined forces with our core team to deliver TeenTech’s largest event day. Check out our full set of pics on Flickr. The  520 Year 8 and Year 9 students participating in the TeenTech activity zones were joined by the Longitude Explorer finalists eager to learn who was going to win the coveted prizes and by all first year web media students from Ravensbourne who spend the first term of their University course building websites to share the experience of the day. Add those inspiring 300 volunteers from across every aspect of the science and technology industries  and you have some idea of the scale of the day. It was also an opportunity to get brainstorming for the TeenTech Awards and it wasn’t long before the long wall of the venue was  covered in ideas . It was great to hear the reaction of teachers saying students were both fascinated and inspired.  Many, many more pics on Flickr...

TeenTech winners take their idea to the boardroom

All contenders in the TeenTech Awards are automatically considered for the  Consumer Innovation Award. The category sponsor Maplin will then work with you to make your idea real, so the product can be sold in their stores with all profits going to the winning school team . After a year, you can sell your product anywhere. Have a look at what happened when the June 2015 winners took their idea one step closer to reality and make sure you register here for the 2015/6 Awards...

TeenTech Surrey : From the secrets of satellites to the technology of toothpaste …

TeenTech Surrey welcomed 340 Year 8 students from 34 schools from across the county for the sharply focussed, hands-on event day,  followed by a twilight session for over 250 A Level students who  toured our exhibiting companies and took part in an expert panel focussing on careers. 87% of the students confirmed that TeenTech Surrey increased their knowledge of Science, Technology and Engineering. Over 120 leading scientists, engineers and technologists from global, regional and start-up companies brought leading edge technology to show young people how they can be part of this world. From robotics to broadcast technology, precision engineering to world class scientific research, the event showcased the range of opportunities in a fast changing career landscape. Students were encouraged to take their ideas for how to make life better, simpler or easier forward into the TeenTech Awards, which are supported enthusiastically by  TeenTech patron, HRH Duke of York who will welcome the winners to Buckingham Palace.   Students took part in a range of exciting workshops which tested their ability to work together to build everything from geodesic domes to  their own ideas for the Internet of Things.  We were delighted that Air Products, Atkins, CBS Butler, DELL, GSK, Guildford College, QMUL, SEPnet, SODEXO, Thames Valley RepRap, Thames Water, 3aaa, Bloodhound, BOC, BCS, EDT, Institute of Civil Engineers, IntoFilm, JVC, Maplin, NPL, QA Apprenticeships, Robot Center, Samsung, Siemens, SSTL, Surrey University, Pirbright Institute and Waverley Training Services all attended to inspire and enthuse the next generation of scientists, technologist, engineers and mathematicians. Dr Beccy Bowden, CEO SATRO said “I’m delighted that SATRO is running TeenTech Surrey for the...

Tea, Tech and Teens at Buckingham Palace

TeenTech  are very fortunate to have a generous patron in HRH Duke of York KG, who, every year, invites the winners of the TeenTech Awards to share in a special celebration event at Buckingham Palace. So this week students from schools across the UK , from Greenock to Cornwall poured into the Bow room  to quite literally have tea at Buckingham Palace. The most creative and innovative ideas were chosen by judges at the finals held at the Royal Society earlier in the summer. The students, were challenged to work in groups of up to three and use technology to solve real-world problems in 19 categories inspired by industries important to the future including infrastructure, environment, transport, healthcare and wearables The Duke was an enthusiastic and  lively host, seizing the opportunity to catch up on the progress teams had made,saying what the young people had achieved was remarkable and how important it was for them to continue to have ideas. One team from Newbury shared news of how their E- Water Tap, which monitors the use and working state of each tap remotely, is in final production with the first 200 taps to be installed in The Gambia in Spring 2016. Fresh water supplies are a crucial part of day-to-day life in many parts of the African continent; the E-Water Tap will help engineers ensure continuous supplies are possible by aiding fault-finding. The technology also allows control over access to the water supplies and using real-time data on usage can also inform stakeholders like suppliers and local government about demand at any given time. A team from London has been invited into...

TeenTech Teachers – Nov 19th

November 19th 2015 – BBC Broadcasting House **NOW FULL** Want to find out more about careers in digital? Interested in meeting industry leaders from very different sectors who can share what they really need from future employees? Want to take away some ideas for the classroom? This event is suitable for all teachers and head teachers whether or not their students are attending TeenTech events  and will offer valuable insight into careers in the digital world, covering all industries from aeronautics to film production, cyber security to healthcare. TeenTech are one of the partners in the Make It Digital initiative. We are very exited that the BBC have offered to host this event. It will include a workshop where you can get hands on with the new BBC micro:bit, which will be sent to all secondary schools early in 2016 for their Yr 7 students and which can be used across all subject areas from art to music, design and technology to biology.  The timetable for the event will be as follows: 1700 Arrival at BBC 1715-1720 TeenTech welcome 1720-1730 Why digital skills matter 1730-1745 Industry Panel with Q&A 1745-1815 Hands on with the micro:bit session. It can be used across many subject areas. How can you use it in your classroom? 1815- 1830 Students and Apprentices share their experiences of digital pathways. 1830-1915 Optional Tour of BBC New Broadcasting House   – if you do not want to take part in this, you can depart at 1830 Please note that places are now full for this event however you can register here to be put on a waiting list should we have...

TeenTech West

TeenTech West at The Pavilion in Bristol was another runaway success, with students coming not only from the region but from as far afield as Bodmin in Cornwall.  Many schools were with us for the third year running, bringing students who made the most of the chance to explore and understand the very latest technology  from  thirty very different tech companies – from Airbus to GCHQ, Qinetiq to Samsung, Atkins to Maplin, JVC to IBM. It was also a chance to meet some of the characters and learn more about the work of the Bristol Robotics Lab! The day was led by young graduates and apprentices from Airbus, who worked for six months to develop the event, described by many on the day as the very best of its kind. Carolynne Wilson, Communications Assistant at Airbus said she thoroughly enjoyed planning and organising TeenTech West  alongside the rest of the Airbus team . “There was a great turn out and it was obvious that all of the participating school children were very engaged and inspired throughout the day. A huge amount of planning went into this event over a series of months so it really was fantastic to see everything run so well on the day.” Workshops were full – teenagers impressing visiting MPs who watched them pitch their own ideas for the internet of things. design cabin interiors for maximum profit and programme robots to negotiate a maze. Colin Sirett, Head of Research and Technology, Airbus, said “TeenTech is a fantastic, interactive experience for children and teachers which really inspires and encourages the next generation of young engineers. It’s great to...