TeenTech is an initiative that inspires teenagers to consider careers in contemporary industries with a focus on science, technology and engineering. The Surrey Festival was held again at Surrey Sports Park, Guildford, on 21st January 2019. 332 Year 8 students from 33 schools from across the county joined for a day that changes hearts and minds to tour exhibiting companies and take part in the expert panel session.
After polling all the students at the end of the event, 69% were interested in pursuing a career in science, engineering or technology, as opposed to 42% in the morning.
- 51% of the students were female
- 55% of the students confirmed that their preference to learn about careers is interactive events; online tools scored 17%, classroom visits by employers 14% and only 14% by careers advisors
- 78% of the students confirmed that meeting real engineers, technologist and scientists and taking part in tasks and challenges helped them understand more about science, technology and engineering.
Over 120 leading scientists, engineers and technologists from global, regional and start-up companies brought leading edge technology to show young people how they can be part of this world. From robotics to broadcast technology, precision engineering to world class scientific research, the event showcases the range of opportunities in a fast-changing career landscape.
Students took part in a range of exciting workshops including one where they explored their own ideas for an app, created and then presented their prototype. We were delighted that BAE, Thales, Thames Water, Air Products, Xtrac, NHS, Surrey Police, the British Army, Atkins, BOC, The Pirbright Institute amongst others all attended to inspire and enthuse the next generation of scientists, technologist, engineers and mathematicians.
After the event, there was an additional opportunity for students to take these ideas, intended to make life better, simpler or easier, forward into the TeenTech Awards, which are supported by TeenTech patron, HRH The Duke of York.
Dawn Ray, CEO SATRO said: “SATRO has long track record of running successful large scale science festivals for Surrey and we are pleased to have been able to repeat this TeenTech event for the 6th year in a row. Surrey has a huge wealth of world-leading science, technology and engineering companies and events like this, showcase to our young people how many fabulous opportunities there are, right on their doorsteps”.
Maggie Philbin, CEO TeenTech said: “As you might expect I’m a big fan of technology and its capacity to make a difference to our lives. I want young people to both understand the many career opportunities at different entry points and to have confidence in their own potential to enjoy being part of this world. It was brilliant to partner again with SATRO for the Surrey event. It was good to see how keen young people were to explore some very different technologies and to share their own ideas for innovations. We owe a huge thank you to all the companies who are willing to invest so much time and energy for the young people of the region.”
TeenTech Surrey 2019 was sponsored by CNOOC International (platinum sponsor), Guildford Borough Council, Alliotts, Points Align, Cold Fuzion, BCS Berkshire and Institute of Directors.
Ray Riddoch, managing director U.K. and SVP Europe and Africa, CNOOC International, said: “We were delighted to continue our sponsorship of the TeenTech event. STEM subjects are incredibly important in preparing students for a wide range of vital roles in the energy industry. Inspiring the next generation and supporting TeenTech is an investment in the future of the industry and the students who take part.”