The children of today have been inspired to become the innovators of tomorrow by a special event held in Telford in the birthplace of the industrial revolution.
Around 250 year 8 students from across the borough were at the Enginuity museum on Tuesday 11 October in the Ironbridge Gorge for ‘TeenTech’ Telford. Joined by nearly 30 local and national companies who brought their brightest engineers and scientists and cutting edge technology – the children learnt how they could continue the tech revolution .
For the students and their teachers, it was an interactive hands-on event to help them better understand the real and local career opportunities on offer in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For the companies present, it was a chance for them to explain to the students what it takes to be part of their high-tech world and inspire the young people to pursue careers in their companies.
Activities included solving electric circuit problems, exploring space through virtual reality, designing apps and building a battery-powered vehicle to race on a 30ft track.
‘TeenTech’ was created by television presenter Maggie Philbin. She said: “Today is a springboard for those young people.
“We hope it makes them understand that the world of science and technology is a very, very big place and that they belong in it. But we also want them to carry on exploring some of the exciting ideas that they may have started to have today.”
Maggie explained all the students who attended are now invited to enter the annual ‘TeenTech’ awards. She said: “After a day when they have seen all sorts of things that perhaps they didn’t realise existed or had thought about before, they are then encouraged to develop their own projects to make life better, simpler or easier.”
‘TeenTech’ Telford was the first of its kind in the West Midlands.
Project managed and sponsored by Telford & Wrekin Council, this was the first time that TeenTech has come to the West Midlands and would not have happened without additional sponsorship from, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Explore University, Faccenda, Business, Watch Guarding, Epson, Midland Alloy, TDS / Cadcoe, Woote, SCE, Wolverhampton University
Councillor Gilly Reynolds, Cabinet Member for Education, Employment & Regeneration said: “It’s fantastic to see young people engaging with business like this, and taking part in it with hands-on activities. There are so many businesses in Telford which use these STEM skills and so many opportunities for our young people.
“It’s really important that young people in Telford and Wrekin get to know what job opportunities there are in our Town and are inspired to achieve their full potential. There was something for everyone yesterday and the Council look forward to building on the event to enable our schools and colleges and businesses to work even more closely together.
“Thank you to ‘TeenTech’ for coming to Telford and to all those who supported us yesterday - our local businesses, sponsors and volunteers. . Without them it wouldn’t be possible.
“It’s a testament to the collaboration between local businesses, schools and colleges and Telford & Wrekin Council.”
Employers and educational organisations who attended were:
The Army, Barclays, CH2M, Epson Telford Ltd., Enginuity Fablab, Febweld, Faccenda, Fujitsu, Harper Adams University, Hoshizaki, JVC Kenwood, Keele University, Lighting Industry Association, Maplin, National Grid, PDSA, QMUL, RAF, RHQ REME, Shropshire 3D Print, Sodexo, Staffordshire University, Technology Supplies, Telford College of Arts and Technology, University of Wolverhampton, VEX Robotics, West Midlands Police.