Technology on a cliff in Folkestone

  The venue for our first event in Folkestone was the Leas Cliff Hall, which nestles on the cliff offering a panoramic view over the beach with spectacular views along the coast. Not that we had much time for gazing at the scenery. Teenagers and teachers were engrossed in the science, technology and engineering activities which our marvellous supporting companies and organisations had brought along.Our TeenTech partner, EBP Kent ran the day to help teenagers understand the real career opportunities in the future. Pfizer ran a full scale forensic lab – challenging the students to work out the properties of four tablets that looked identical to the eye. Queen Mary’s University College, London had them hacking musical instruments:     The long established engineering company, Megger, just down the road in Dover, devised a clever activity routing power across an electricity network. Success was rewarded by some satisfying electrical sparking and crackling, all safely contained in an insulated box of course!   The ever popular Ideas Wall (ideas mean prizes!) drew a staggering number of entries – here a young inventor explains his concept to Maggie:  ...

TeenTech Tonbridge on BBC South East Today

  TeenTech made the business news when BBC South East Today visited our Tonbridge event. You can see their video on Facebook here. 300 students from across Kent had a fabulous day with cool activities, from hacking musical instruments to gravity racing cars. Huge thanks to EBP Kent and to all the hardworking companies and ambassadors who created such an impressive event.   The great thing about TeenTech is that every event is different. We work closely with our regional organisers like Anne, Rachael and John from the Kent Education Businees Partnership. And we have fabulous support from regional and national companies, universities and colleges and professional organisations who collaborate to make the day. And you don’t need to take  our word for it. We give student reporters free rein to cover what they think the day is all about. Have a look at the InnovationTimes which they produced with News For Schools. Innovation Times final Many thanks to Adam  from BT  – one of our national sponsors – who took some great pics below. If you see yourself in a pic – let us know and we’ll add a caption.                          ...

Help us judge the Fountain of Ideas

“Give us your ideas for technology which you think would improve life in 2050”, we asked. We did our very best to judge this on the day but with post-it notes plastered on every available inch of the fountain, even with 15 judges, it completely overwhelmed us.Winners on the day included Jade for her “beard hoover which would get bits out of your beard and wash it at the same time”, Ella for her “disability car seat which adjusts automatically to body shape”  and Jasmine for  “a coaster that warms up your cup of  tea” There were so many entries, we felt it was only fair to offer another prize. Having narrowed down the entries, we ‘d love your help to decide who wins that final ipod. 1.“If Scientists have cloned sheep , I think they should clone endangered animals therefore reducing the risk of those animals becoming extinct”      Sam, King Ethelbert School 2.“A passport that ages as you age so you don’t have to buy a new one”     Olivia, Hartsdown College 3.“A Calculator that can scan your sums and work them out”      Jason , Aylesford School 4.“The I-Key is a key that is connected to your finger print, retina scan, blood group, genetic make up, face scan & password”    Matthew, King Ethelbert School 5.“Anti=bacterial water so when so when you turn on the tap it will kill all the bacteria so you will not need soap. This will wipe out disease and cholera in Africa”     Max , Wilmington Grammar School for Boys 6.“A Christmas tree that turns on when it senses someone...

TeenTech goes live in Kent

TeenTech comes to Tonbridge today Students and teachers from 30 schools across Kent will experience a day with 140 scientists, engineers and technologists, all keen to share their latest innovations and help teenagers see how they could be be the ones designing and building the must have technology of the future. You can follow live pictures and updates on Twitter @teentechevent  . Or follow the #teentech hashtag. We’re looking forward to a fabulous day. Harry Potter fans will meet the team behind the groundbreaking “Pottermore” website and learn what it takes to work at a digital creative agency like  Thin_k  Exploring biomimicry will mean climbing into velcro suits and sticking to an inflatable velcro wall. Teenagers will test the physics of roller coasters, the authenticity of meteorites and their ability to fine tune a skeleton bob for an Olympic run. They’ll will also be inspired by leading app designers Dave Addey of Agant and Alyson Fielding from Pyuda, who’ll be running the “Design An App” challenge . And that’s just the start! We’ll have the full set of pictures for the event up here as soon as possible. In the meantime, a massive thanks for the innovative work of the companies who make TeenTech such a special event. They include Apps For Good, Agant, BAE Systems, BBC Blue Room, BCS, BT, Cummins, Denne, DTSL,Engineering in Motion, Google, IoD, IET, JVC, Kenwood, New World Telecom, NOISE, Pyuda, Samsung, Siemens, Smallpiece Trust, Thin_k, Treloar,University of Kent, University of Leicester and Zenos...