TeenTech – the industry-led initiative that helps kids to realise the potential of STEM subjects – has added a number of new categories to its 2015 awards.
Working to the brief of "making life better, simpler and easier", the awards give schoolchildren between the ages of 11 to 16 the opportunity to search for scientific and technological solutions for the environment, transport, healthcare, wearable technology and other areas.
In a first for 2015, a new Consumer Innovation award will be run in partnership with electronics specialist Maplin. The winning team will work closely with Maplin's product development team to bring the winning design to market.
And the new Infrastructure category will give young people the opportunity to delve into the complex organisational structures of buildings, roads and power supplies - it is sponsored by Network Rail. In addition, the Retail and Finance category will focus on how technology can overcome challenges in the sectors.
This year’s winning designs - awarded in June - included a wristband which tells you when you’ve eaten your "five-a-day", wardrobes that choose and deliver your clothing, gloves which translate speech and a way to “grow your own clothes”.
The winners were honoured at an event at Buckingham Palace today (Monday), attended by TeenTech patron the Duke of York, along with the BBC’s Bang Goes The Theory’s Dallas Campbell and Stargazing Live's Liz Bonnin.
Technology broadcaster Maggie Philbin, who helped set up TeenTech, said: "We’ve all seen the facts predicting the ever-increasing skills gap in our STEM workforce, yet these projects show us exactly why it’s so important that we nurture the passion of our future innovators at this critical stage in their lives.
"The awards are not only a way to connect kids with people that can make their brilliant ideas happen, but a way of helping young people see beyond the classroom into their future career."
Sponsors of the awards include Google, Airbus, Network Rail, HP, JVC, CPC, National Grid, Equal Experts, OCR, Institute of Food Science and Technology, Cranfield University, Network Rail, Maplin, EDF Energy Campus and PA Consulting.
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