The Emirates Stadium became a cathedral of technology in January for 1000 students and over 400 volunteers from leading science technology and engineering companies working together on challenges and experiments.
TeenTech City is now in its sixth year, growing from an event for 140 students which ran just before The Olympics in 2012 to one which is now ten times the size but still delivers focussed, sharply focussed sessions bringing the world of technology and those who work in it to life. Check out pictures here:
This year we dedicated the first day to younger students (Year 6 and Year 7) who brought projects entered into our TeenTech City of Tomorrow Initiative. Teams came from across the UK including Scotland and Wales and you can read more about this on a dedicated website – it was a very thrilling day for students, teachers, judges and parents.
The second day began with a five hour time-tabled session for over 500 Year 8 and Year 9 students from 45 London schools . We measured the on the day impact by voting buttons and the change in the way careers in these sectors are perceived, particularly by girls is considerable …Here are the stats …
The session on 12th Jan where we used voting buttons was with 500, mixed ability Year 8/9 students from 45 different schools across London. 42% Boys, 58% Girls .
On arrival 54% of all students were ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ interested in Science, increasing to 67% at the end of the day. In terms of girls, 56% were ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ interested on arrival increasing to 76% at the end of the day
On arrival 52% of all students said they were fairly or very interested in a career in engineering, increasing to 67% at the end of the day. In terms of girls – only 41% were ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ interested on arrival increasing to 62% at the end of the day.
On arrival 72% of all students said they were ‘fairly or ‘very’ interested in a career in tech, increasing to 82% at the end of the day. In terms of girls 65% were ‘fairly’ or ‘very’ interested, increasing to 81% at the end of the day.
Of course this is only the beginning and all the students now have the opportunity to develop projects for the TeenTech Awards with the support of the mentors they met at the event.
In our post event survey, teachers said how they especially appreciated the ‘exposure to students of things they never get to do or see’, the effort taken to ‘provide well prepared activities by all the contributors which really engaged the students’ and one remarked that “It took us well over an hour to get home and they talked about what they had done in the day for a lot of the journey”.
100% of teachers across both days said they would ‘definitely’ bring students to another TeenTech event.
This event is made possible by our brilliant sponsors: City of London Corporation, Queen Mary’s College University of London, University College London, Just IT, Westminster Kingsway College and Thames Water
Over 50 different companies and universities supported the day including Accenture UK, Air Products, Atkins, BBC, Barclays, Bloomberg, Creative Skillset, Cummins, FDM Group, Gensler, Goldsmith’s College – University of London, Google, HPE, IBM, ICE, Imperial College, Interactive Scientific, JVC Kenwood, Kings College University of London, Maplin, National Physical Laboratory, Network Rail, Queen Mary College University of London, Ringway Jacobs, Salesforce, Siemens. Symantec, Sodexo, TFL, Tech London Advocates, Thames Water & Tideway Tunnels, Technology Will Save Us, Turing Lab, University of Chichester,University of Wolverhampton, University of Warwick, Young Rail Professionals, Willmott Dixon and The Zoological Society of London.
On the eve of the event, teachers from across London and the South East came to a session hosted by the Bank of England who were keen for people to understand the huge part technology plays in their organisation and the different entry points via apprenticeships and graduate schemes.
If you would like to be part of TeenTech City 2018, please contact: Dani@teentechevent.com