TeenTech Competition Categories
There are ten core categories and each school can submit one team entry per category:
1. Sport – tracks, buildings, training, equipment,drug detection, timekeeping
2. Transport What will the future of aviation look like? What inspiration could come from nature? Is there a more connected way to get from home to your destination? What will the vehicles of the future look like? How can roads be made safer? And what about tickets and signposting? Is there a place for human power?
3. Healthcare – monitoring, co-ordination, advice, accessibility
4. Education – different ways of learning, outside/inside/beyond school
5. Wearable Technology – smart bags, glasses, clothing, artificial limbs, exoskeletons
6. Environment – renewable technology, sustainability, climate change
7. Entertainment – devices, integration text /audio/ visual
8. Communication – web,mobile, TV, radio, advertising
9. Construction – TeenTech City of Tomorrow
10. Future of food – growing, making, distributing, evaluating
Special category journalism: Use any media to report on a STEM story. It could be a world issue, business issue or indeed the talents of your teacher or group.Students may enter this category in addition to the other categories. One entry per student or team.
The judging criteria for each of the core categories are listed at (website links). Please note that the selection process and judging criteria for the Journalism category are different from the other categories:
Top three teams selected to attend the day
Winner decided by the story they file on the day.
- Entry to the TeenTech Awards Competition for 2012/2013 is free of charge.
- Entries must be made by a UK school on behalf of teams of up to three students. All students must be UK students in year groups 7/8/9/10/11 in December 2012
- A UK team may collaborate with an international team. The UK team is responsible for managing the entry.
- Schools may enter one team in each of the ten core categories, with the added proviso that individual students may only enter the core categories once, as a member of a team. Students may enter the Journalism category in addition to their chosen core category.
- It is possible that some categories may become oversubscribed and TeenTech may have to restrict the number of entries for these categories.
- There will be one winning team in each of the ten core categories and one winner in the special Journalism category. Each of these winners will receive a prize.
- A further prize will be given to the overall winner of the ten core categories.
- There will also be an award for the best international collaboration.
- Winners will be announced at the TeenTech Awards ceremony in Summer 2013.
- A full list of prize winners will be published on the TeenTech website following the Awards ceremony.
- By entering the competition entrants will be deemed to have agreed to be bound by these General Rules.
- Plagiarism is prohibited. A school’s entry must be the original work of the students.
- If your project is part of a project that has been entered in any other competition please let us know on the entry form.
- TeenTech CIC will treat information submitted to it for the competition purely for the purposes of running the competition. This information will not be provided to any third parties other than a panel of judges chosen by TeenTech CIC.
- By entering this competition you are agreeing to the condition that you will attend the TeenTech Awards Ceremony and present if selected.
- Schools registering for the TeenTech Innovation Awards agree to allow TeenTech CIC to reference their name(s) on the TeenTech website www.teentechevent.com and on other marketing material; and to allow TeenTech CIC to use any images for promotional purposes.
- TeenTech CIC reserves the right to revise the rules and regulations at any time.
- Teams can be made up of a maximum of three students from a single UK school who may collaborate with up to three students from a school outside the UK, making a total of no more than six team members.
- Team members must be in year groups 7 to 11 (or the equivalent overseas) at the date of entry submission in December 2012.
- Schools may enter a different team in each of the ten categories.
- A team may only be entered for one category i.e. they cannot be entered in multiple categories.
- A student may only be a member of one team.
How to Enter
All entries must be submitted by teachers or youth group leaders via the TeenTech website registration pages.
Stage 1: Initial Registration
Schools should register for the competition using the online entry form at the TeenTech website by December 14th 2012. Don’t worry if you need to do more work to develop your idea, we expect your idea to change and develop as you work on it in the run up to the Stage 2 Innovation Log submission. Please be aware that some categories may become oversubscribed and TeenTech may have to restrict entries to some categories. Early registration is advised.
Stage 2: TeenTech Innovation Log Submission
Work as a team to create a TeenTech ‘Innovation Log’ summarising why your idea is innovative, what makes it work, what the market is, how would people use it, buy it. The log can contain up to a maximum of 15 A4 pages and should be uploaded as file of no more than 3 Mb. The log must be uploaded to the TeenTech website by 12 noon on 22nd March 2013. Finalists will be notified by 15th April 2013 and invited to attend the TeenTech Awards
The log should include:
- A 400 word summary of your project
- Tell us why your project is innovative
- A project timeline describing what you did to develop your idea, when you worked with external experts from companies, colleges or universities and the key dates for developing your idea
- Details about your collaboration partners and the work carried out by the extended team, if you worked with an international school, science, technology or engineering (STEM) companies, university or further education college
- Evidence of thinking / research
- Picture of a model / poster / prototype that shows what your innovation does and who it does it for
- Who is in your team and other people who have helped you develop your idea – this could be local firms or a college / university/education business partnership – perhaps a school in another country which already has a relationship with your school
- What are the next steps to make this real – input from your mentor contacts
- What you have learnt from participating in the project. Have you learnt more about an aspect of STEM? Have you been inspired?
The TeenTech website has a registration page and upload tool to help you submit your entry.
Stage 3: Project showcase at the TeenTech Awards Ceremony
The TeenTech judges will choose up to three finalists in each category to showcase their project on a stand at the TeenTech Awards Ceremony in Summer 2013 where the entries will be judged and category winners selected.
Guidelines for how to create a project board for the final will be posted on the TeenTech Awards website.
All submissions must be original work.
We have created a Confidentiality Agreement which schools may ask contributing mentors to sign to help protect your idea in case it turns out to be a world beater. We will send this to all schools wh0 register.
If schools or students are concerned about the protection of any intellectual property they might have created, the concern should be discussed between students, teachers and/or the relevant business mentor as appropriate, in order to understand the implications of sharing this information with a wide audience. Schools may choose to make certain details available only to the TeenTech judging panel.
- All judges will be appointed by TeenTech CIC.
- The judges will not enter into any discussion about judging entries.
- All decisions by judges are final.