Fantastic day on the Humber

    From broadcast engineering to environmental science, young graduates and apprentices from over 40 different companies gave students from schools across the Humber Sub region a taste of why they enjoy working in science, engineering and technology. Helen Wilson , Manager of the Humber Education Partnership who partnered to deliver the event said, ” We have a large range of sectors offering employment in the area and the event helps raise awareness of these fantastic career opportunities to students and teachers” The event got a massive thumbs up with 100% of the attending schools and companies saying they would ‘definitely’ be attending again. The day acts as a catalyst for long -term projects which are developed for the TeenTech Awards. TeenTech Humber is now running for the sixth year in succession. Teachers appreciate the way the event is different every year and also offers insight into teenage perceptions of the workplace. The voting buttons capture the change in perceptions held by young people once they have the change to experience fresh examples of what it might be like in the contemporary workplace:   On arrival  35% said they were fairly or very interested in a career in Science which moved to 65% at the end of the day. On arrival 35% said they were fairly or very interested in a career in engineering which moved to 62% at the end of the day On arrival 53% said they were fairly or very interested in working in technology which moved to 75% at the end of the day. “The first activity we did was drawing a scientist. Out of 300...

TeenTech Awards – the teacher perspective

We know that for teachers, supporting students through the TeenTech Awards is a commitment of time, energy and resources,  what makes this worthwhile? TeenTech provide a clear structure, supporting resources, access to industry mentors, innovation sessions and of course our TeenTech events, so students and teachers can explore topics with expert feedback. Reaching the final at The Royal Society is exciting but we’ve planned the Awards so the whole process is valuable to every participating student and builds valuable connections with industry for every school. Here’s Susan Quirke a teacher from South West Wales. We are thrilled to see the impact on schools across the UK and are proud to share some of the emails from teachers this year. “STEM in our school is vibrant! Over 130 young women are involved in extra-curricular STEM activities! TeenTech has a MAJOR part to play in this. I spoke to the students about why they love TeenTech. They love the fact that they can discuss ideas and work collaboratively, letting their imaginations run wild without the restrictions that occur in lessons. They deconstruct everyday electrical equipment, creating better ways to make them function. They understand that being part of TeenTech is helping to improve their self-confidence. They are able to explain their ideas to a variety of people and the are listened to! They know they are an influential group within school! The girls in Year 8 have watched the success of the older students involved in TeenTech, and whilst the taking part is very important, we are a VERY COMPETITIVE SCHOOL, and the younger students want to be part of this success.”...

TeenTech Awards 2015 – The Video !

It’s impossible to squeeze such a special day into four minutes but this captures some of the projects and some of the excitement of the judging day at The Royal Society! And check out four pages of lovely pics in our TeenTech Awards Flickr album. If you’d like to take part in the TeenTech Awards 2015/6 you can register interest here And find out why teachers think the TeenTech Awards are valuable for students, teachers and schools...

TeenTech Awards 2015 : The Results

An e-water tap for Africa, a flat-pack disaster home, sunglasses to monitor epilepsy and a guitar with never-ending strings were just some of the winning innovations showcased by talented teenagers at the 2015 TeenTech Awards. . Every year the finalist projects get more and more impressive. Some teams built full working prototypes, others shared exciting new concepts and our industry judges were bowled over by the creativity and skills shown by young people across the UK. Many thanks to our Award sponsors Airbus, Atkins, Cranfield University, CILIP, EDF Energy, Google, JVCKenwood, Maplin, National Grid, Network Rail and OCR for making all this possible. One concept idea which has captured the imagination of the world’s press is for a condom which changes colour if it comes into contact with a STI. The team of boys from Isaac Newton Academy in London, who were judged by Dr Christian Jessen in the  Future of Health category, have spent the day talking to people from across the world. They’ve now been approached by a condom manufacturer, impressed by their determination to tackle a sensitive issue. Daanyaal Ali, 14, says of their idea: “We created the S.T.EYE as a new way for STI detection to help the future of the next generation. We wanted to make something that made detecting harmful STIs safer than ever before, so that people can take immediate action in the privacy of their own homes without the often-scary procedures at the doctors. We’ve made sure we’re able to give peace of mind to users and let people act even more responsibly than ever before.” This idea was one of many...

TeenTech sets sail on the Solent!

We’re thrilled to say the first TeenTech event in Portsmouth was a brilliant success and the date is already in the diary for next year! If you are a school or business in the region keep May 12th 2016 free. Cath Longhurst, CEO of the Education Business Partnership who partnered with us to deliver the event said, ‘We have so many interesting local science and technology companies, this fantastic event enabled our young people to understand the huge potential for career opportunities in STEM on their doorstep’. The feedback from schools was impressive with 100% saying they would ‘definitely’ attend again next time. And in the meantime schools are gathering teams to compete in the TeenTech Awards 2015/6, with a regional final to be hosted by  TeenTech Solent lead sponsor Highbury College. Portsmouth water were working with us for the first time and if you’d like to know more about what that might mean – they’ve sent us a case study which captures their experience. Companies were so keen to run activities and challenges that there was a waiting list. So next year the size and reach of the event will be extended to include schools in Southampton and South West Hampshire. Here’s a video which captures what went on …...
TeenTech gets a makeover!

TeenTech gets a makeover!

Welcome to the brand new TeenTech site! We’ve been busy over the past few months, working on a redesign for the site that really captures what TeenTech is about, and showcases our own evolution. Our brand new site is bright, bold, and creative and has been designed to showcase the key areas in which we focus – our TeenTech Events, the TeenTech Awards, and our powerful collaborations with our sponsors and partners. The design aims to help you see how you can get involved easily and we’ll also be bringing you the latest news from the world of science and technology. The site will be a valuable resource for those entering the TeenTech Awards and we’ll be featuring stories from past winners soon, with advice from those that have taken part. We’re also focussing much more on the positive effect TeenTech has had throughout the UK, helping teenagers recognise their own potential, understand the skills needed in contemporary industry and encouraging them to develop their ideas. By putting those students and their ideas in front of individuals and companies, who can  offer feedback and advice, we can have real impact. Some of these stories are already live on our Sponsors pages, and we’ll be featuring stories from students and TeenTech alumni in the coming months. We hope you enjoy our new site, and we would really like to hear your views on other features you would like to see so that teentech.com becomes a really useful destination for students, teachers and...