Coventry & Warwickshire
TeenTech kicks off in the Midlands for the very first time on 19th October at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry to show teenagers from across the region that careers in Science, Technology and Engineering really do have the ‘X Factor’. Students will spend a day doing hands on experiments and challenges with over 120 engineers and scientists from top global and regional companies. Schools in the region are invited to apply for places at the event which runs in partnership with the University of Warwick.
If you are interested in participating as a school or as a business please contact:
Thanks to the enthusiasm and dedication of key employers in the area and our delivery partner the University of Warwick this is set to be a day which changes minds.
Amongst the regional organisations taking part are University of Warwick, WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group), leading app design company Agant, Atkins, Cummins, Birmingham Met, Cranfield and De Montfort University.
They will join Atkins Global, BBC R&D, BT, BlackBerry (RIM), Cummins,GE Healthcare, Google JVC, Raspberri Pi Foundation, Samsung and QMUL to convince young people that acquiring the right skills can be the key to a well paid future. Students will spend the day with global and start up companies, experiencing first hand what it really takes to be an innovator.
The lively but carefully shaped event helps young people and their teachers become more aware of the real opportunities available and the skills they will need to take advantage of them. It’s a fun day but our research from our previous events shows it really does change perceptions and attitudes. It helps students re-focus their thinking about subject choices and to consider career paths they never knew existed. At the beginning of our Reading event only 41% were fairly or very interested in these areas but by the end of the day that figure had changed to 80%.
The event depends on a huge amount of goodwill. “We are indebted to the University of Warwick and to all our participating companies who invest time and talent into developing outstanding activities which capture the essence of their industries. They are taking a long term approach and working together to inspire tomorrow’s workforce” says TeenTech co-founder Maggie Philbin.
Professor Nigel Thift says “Earlier this year I helped launch a report published by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) which found that building a strong manufacturing base will be vital to the UK’s economic recovery but warned that the country needs to encourage more young people to consider careers in engineering and manufacturing. Events like TeenTech are a great way of encouraging more of our young people to become engineers, scientists and innovators”
And if they enjoy their day with us, students can bring their parents back to the Imagineering Fair which will run across the weekend. We will be training young reporters to cover the event.
The event is designed for students in Yr8/Yr9 and schools need to complete a booking form. There is a small admin fee per school group.
Contact helen@teentechevent for more details