A GROUP of Morpeth teenagers are planning a better Tomorrow’s World for themselves and their families by taking part in a new national competition.
The TeenTech Awards, led by former BBC science presenter Maggie Philbin, is encouraging students to collaborate on projects with business, industry and the education sector to help increase their skills and knowledge.
From cancer treatment and dealing with air turbulence on planes to coping with the devastation caused by flooding, teams at King Edward VI School in Morpeth are looking at potential solutions to some of the problems it shares with the international community.
Pupils will be getting information and support from other schools and experts in a wide range of academic and industrial fields worldwide.
Headteacher Simon Taylor said: “As a Technology College, we have a great commitment to develop the scientists and engineers of the future and it is projects such as this that inspire and enthuse young people and help them to choose future career pathways.
“Our students are regularly involved in leadership and ambassadorial roles and our school has several established international links. The TeenTech Awards provide another opportunity to develop global networks and the chance to solve problems, work in teams and communicate effectively – all essential employability skills.”
As part of their entries across a range of categories, the students had a Global Reach-Out day and talked with school pupils and experts around the world by using Skype software.
They included workers at aviation company Airbus, where former KEVI student David Oliver is doing a graduate training programme, and another former KEVI pupil Emily Gray, who has now returned to school in Ottawa in Canada.
Those involved from the school are as follows: Year 9 – Rioghan Bruce and Harry Shashoua; Year 10 – Adam Cowan, Daniel Larby, Herman Jonas, William Shotton, Rachel Donaldson, Harry Young, Abbey Telfer, Ellen Baxter, David Bradburn, Shoam Backe, Holly Mathewson, Flora Burn, Stephanie Campbell and Lorena Scarpa; Year 11 – Angus Kirk.
Daniel, who is among the group which is putting forward an entry for the transportation category, said: “I think that the TeenTech Awards is a great opportunity to get involved in today’s technology and I decided to take part because of the opportunity to work with my friends and put to use some of the things I have learned at school.”
The competition celebrates the culmination of four years of the TeenTech initiative’s interactive regional events for teenagers, which bring together the worlds of education and employment.
Three teams in each category will be selected to attend an awards ceremony at a prestigious venue in London – with the winners being announced by the category sponsors on the night.
From those winners, the team with the most outstanding and marketable idea will be selected by the judging panel to become the TeenTech Award Champions and their prize will be a personal invitation to visit Buckingham Palace to present their project in detail.
Ms Philbin, co-founder of TeenTech who is best known for her on-screen exploration of scientific discoveries for the BBC programme Tomorrow’s World, said: “The TeenTech Awards are all about not only celebrating young talent, but enabling young people to make real-life contact with experts in the world of science, technology, engineering and maths.
“I am really looking forward to seeing how new national and even international relationships will be forged between schools, universities and employers as a consequence of these awards.”