TeenTech Awards 2022
Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better? Do you have a skill that you would like to showcase? Or do you have an interest in an area that you would like to research?
The TeenTech Awards are for students aged 11 to 16 (Years 7 to 11) and 17 to 19 (Years 12 to 13) and you can work individually, or in a team of up to three. They present a wonderful and powerful opportunity to develop your potential and showcase qualities which are appreciated by both employers and further education.
The best projects go forward to the TeenTech Awards Final for judging and the winning school in each category will receive a cash prize.
You can consider all areas of contemporary life looking for better ways of doing things. From transport to sport, healthcare to entertainment, fashion to finance, energy efficiency to food security, the future of music to the future of construction – how can you make life better, simpler, safer or more fun?
You can showcase your digital work and areas of expertise – whether you’ve built a game, created an animation, composed digital music or created digital art.
You can research an area of interest to you and present your findings through a TeenTech Awards project.
TeenTech Awards Final
On Monday 12th July, tech celebrities including Brian Cox, Kate Russell, LJ Rich, Rory Cellan-Jones and Stephen McGann (Dr. Turner in Call the Midwife) Dallas Campbell, and Suzie Imber joined students, parents and teachers across the UK as we celebrated the outstanding finalist projects in the TeenTech Awards Ceremony.
The TeenTech Awards were established in 2012/3 and schools have found them a powerful tool, helping students to see how they might apply science and technology to real world problems. They encourage students to develop their own ideas for making life better, simpler, safer or more fun. Participating schools are provided with a suggested structure and industry contacts.
There are 15 categories including “Teacher of the Year”. All submitted projects receive feedback and a bronze, silver or gold award. Every year the best projects go forward to the TeenTech Awards Final for judging and the winners receive a cash prize.
TeenTech Awards Categories
Working in teams of three you need to decide on an award category, brainstorm ideas, clearly identify an opportunity or a problem, suggest a solution and research the market.
And you don’t have to work on your own! You can contact companies, universities, colleges and even join up with a group of students on the other side of the world to work with you on your idea. TeenTech will also connect you with an industry mentor to help support you with your project.
Register for the TeenTech Awards 2022
Registration for the TeenTech Awards 2022 is now open.
You can also learn more during our Top Tips for Students and Teachers session on 20th January. Find out more about how to get the most from the programme and how to plan projects. This live session for students and teachers will be led by the TeenTech team and give you lots of ideas, especially if you are participating for the first time. Register for this live, virtual event, here.
Working in teams of up to three, come up with your idea or demonstrate your skills through a creative or research project.
You could set up an Ideas Wall in your own school or run a ‘Dragons Den’ activity to find those great ideas. Don’t forget to send us pictures or videos of those early ideation sessions!
The submission process for the TeenTech Awards 2022 will begin later this year.
TeenTech Awards 2022: Top Tips for Students
Time: January 20 at 4:00 pm
The aim of the session is to cover all the questions the students have about the awards: how to come up with ideas, where to take inspiration from, how to write the innovation log, whether they need to produce a prototype, and how to get help to support their ideas. We will also look at examples of previous ideas and innovation logs.
The students will be able to watch this session either in school, with you, or you can share the joining link directly with them (via your internal school platforms), so they can watch from home. They will be able to submit questions, safely, throughout the live event.
Support for your Ideas and Research
What’s the best way to do effective research for your TeenTech Award projects? Time invested wisely pays dividends and we are grateful to the Information Literacy Group at CILIP for working with us to produce a set of really helpful tips and guidelines.
From how to get the best results from Google to how to protect your IP, you’ll find the ideas very useful for all projects you may be doing at school or college.