Finalist category: Digital Skills Award
Every year in the UK, TeenTech work with and connect over 5,000 young people with over 2,000 engineers, scientists and people working in technology. We work with communities to develop and deliver hands on, immersive STEM experiences in areas of greater social need. 50% of our participants are female and students are mixed ability. Our aim is to recognise and reward the natural creativity, curiosity and lateral thinking of young people, who may not always respond to classroom based learning.
“TeenTech is giving these children the chance to explore and develop ideas to a far greater extent than they ever could within the constraints of the curriculum” Teacher – Kent
As well as opening students eyes to the opportunities available in contemporary STEM industry we also want to nurture and develop confidence and team working skills.
“I attended TeenTech last year and since then it has completely changed my life. My confidence has grown and my outlook on technology and the jobs associated with it has completely changed. I have started programming with a Raspberry Pi and taken Computer Science at GCSE.”
We recognise to make a real difference we have to work with both employers and educators to support young people progress into fulfilling STEM careers. We work with companies directly to help them communicate the breadth and depth of opportunities within their sector and translate complex subjects into accessible activities.
TeenTech delivery model is a community driven partnership approach, supporting the development of localised infrastructure for continued engagement with young people.
“TeenTech provides a unique opportunity for collaboration that brings long-term tangible benefits far beyond the events themselves. As the delivery partner for TeenTech Hampshire we have seen local business engagement swell as a result of TeenTech. This has meant that a wide range of additional activities have prospered, and with that the STEM message has reached even more young people and teachers” – Sue Riley, CEO of the Basingstoke Consortium.
Finalists for the Digital Skills Award, TeenTech are changing the way young people see technology, science and manufacturing, and valuing their contribution to the industry. Visit the TeenTech website for more information. To find out who won the Digital Skills Award, visit the Winners 2016 page.