TeenTech Awards

About the TeenTech Awards

Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better? We want you to use your imagination, to think creatively.

This is a chance to ask “What if?” or even build a fun example of what this might look like.

The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.

There will be a prize of £1000 to the winning school in each category and the overall winners will be presented with their awards by HRH Duke of York KG at Buckingham Palace.

How it works

Every S3 pupil in the Design and Technology Department will have the opportunity to undertake the challenge of TeenTech. This begins after the February holiday weekend.

You will work in teams of up to 3 to try and design a product which could make life better, easier or more enjoyable. There are 15 categories which you can your product design for.

1. Health
2. Education
3. Wearable Technology
4. Music, Media and Entertainment
5. Environment and Energy
6. Safety and Security
7. Fashion and Retail
8. Design and Construction
9. Future of Food
10. Future of Transport
11. Digital Skills (judged across all categories)
12. Manufacturing (judged across all categories)
13. Research and Information Literacy (judged across all categories)
14. Data Science
15. Tech for All

Each team will present their researched idea to a panel of STEM experts at our Dragons’ Den event. The best idea for each category as decided by our Dragons will then be submitted to TeenTech for consideration.

The best projects for each category across teams from the UK will then be selected to present at the TeenTech Awards finals in London.

Our past successes

2019 Finals

In 2018-2019 we had our first ever winning team! Nathan, Mannix and Jamie reached the finals in London, hosted at the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) with their “Swap A Ball” idea; a range of footballs where the inflatable bladder can be swapped into various outer skins. This allows for more personalisation and also reduces wasted materials when footballs are worn down and discarded. You can follow the boys on twitter to see their progress @swapaball.

2018 Finals

In 2017-2018 (our first year entering the TeenTech Awards) we had two teams selected to attend the finals in London. Both teams did fantastic work and had a great time down at the final which was held in The Royal Society.

Amy, Georgia and Emma presented their “Fashion to Face” idea; an app which scanned your body type and allowed you to try clothes on virtually. This was entered under the Fashion and Retail award category.

Taylor and Megan presented their “Overscribe” idea; a pen which contained removable coloured overlays to assist those with dyslexia who struggle to read black text against a white background. This was entered in the Education award category.

St Columba's High School Design & Technology Department

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