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TeenTech Innovation Live: The Metaverse and Future Technology
1st December 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am UTC+0
What is the Metaverse? You may have heard this term in the news over recent weeks, particularly from big technology companies such as Facebook (who have renamed their parent company to Meta) and Microsoft. The TeenTech team, including technology journalist Kate Russell, will demystify the term for your students, coined in science fiction in the 1990s. We’ll get them thinking about what the future of the internet looks like, where we may exist and participate in a shared virtual universe. How will Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, 5G, and haptics move us towards the future of virtual worlds?
Students are then set an optional challenge of designing an application for the metaverse, thinking about how these technologies could improve the way we live, work, collaborate, connect and play, or how it could tackle real-world problems.
This session is open to schools across the UK. Priority will be given to schools in the North East, but all teachers and schools are welcome to register for this session.
If the timings don’t work for your school, or if you can’t join the sessions live, don’t worry! All sessions will be available for playback during the programme and you can even send us questions beforehand for our experts to answer.
What is TeenTech Innovation Live?
TeenTech Innovation Live sessions bring the digital, scientific and engineering world to life for students aged 11-19. They focus on opportunities within a specific sector with input from local and national employers, with opportunities for students to work on real-world projects. We deliver these with volunteers from apprentice to CTO to answer questions from students. Led by our experienced tech reporters, students understand more about the emerging opportunities, different entry points, the technical and personal skills needed. Students are then stepped through an innovation challenge, where they build their own solutions to address real-world problems connected to the topic and value their own personal qualities. They will be given time to complete their projects and share them with us and then re-join our presenter and mentors to receive live feedback on their work.
How do TeenTech Innovation Live sessions work and how do we take part?
The sessions focus on opportunities within a specific sector with input from local and national employers and universities. All our sessions are led by science and technology broadcasters who will introduce your students to some of the most exciting people working in the industry – both locally, nationally and internationally The initial “kick-off” Innovation sessions will be broadcast live, usually on Wednesday mornings at 10:00am each week (lasting one hour). If you can't join us live, that's okay! You can still register and submit questions for our experts ahead of time. During the kick-off, students are set an optional topic-related challenge and the opportunity to submit further questions. The sessions will be available online for 7 days following their broadcast. Feedback sessions will be held each term where students will receive project feedback and have the opportunity to ask industry experts further questions.
What are the benefits of taking part?
- The sessions are structured to offer the following opportunities for students and their teachers:
- Connect with people working at all levels of engineering and technology
- Find out more about the sector
- Develop the skills which students, as well as industry, recognise as key to their future
- Ways to enrich lessons in science, computing, maths, animation, web design, design and technology
- A safe, interactive platform
- Cross-curricular learning
- Receive meaningful feedback on challenges undertaken
Watch our TeenTech Innovation Live Trailer
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