Teenagers in London learn more about technology
- 15 May 2012
- From the section Student reports
TeenTech run lively one day events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in science, engineering and technology.
We went to one of their events in Stratford, London, in a building overlooking the Olympic Park.
The event brought together 150 students from London schools and loads of businesses who supported TeenTech's goal of raising awareness and reflecting the skills and technology behind the Olympic Games.
Our first task of the day was to create a dome structure using poles, bolts and screws. The model had to be identical to a prototype model that was already created.
We successfully completed the challenge, coming second place in an amazing 15 minutes. The challenge was a great way of testing the students' teamwork and communication skills.
Taking up the challenge
We also had the opportunity to learn about technology in science. We spoke to employees from GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) and were given the opportunity in trying out some of the technology used within the scientific sector. Students scanned information using iPads and then had to answer questions to solve the puzzle.
Then we were challenged to create a new application for smart phones.
Michael and Elsie stood up and presented their app idea of creating a new film app called 'Cine Co'. Customers would be able to download films released at the cinema onto their smart phones and tablets at a small cost.
Michael said: "This activity was great fun and gave us an insight to the life of a designer and entrepreneur."
At the end of the day, we interviewed Maggie Philbin, the founder of TeenTech and a BBC presenter. She's passionate about science and told us why she started the organisation.
"What I wanted to do was bring young people together with really cool people working in science and engineering and technology so they could see the kind of opportunities that were available for them," Philbin said.
She told us that you don't necessarily have to go to university but you do need to think about the right kind of apprenticeships if you want to work in science, technology or engineering.
The event overall was a great success and gave students an insight into the world of science, engineering and technology.