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TeenTech South Yorkshire A Hit With Youngsters

posted 17 Jul 2012, 02:33 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 17 Jul 2012, 05:49 ]
TeenTech is the brainchild of Maggie Philbin, best known for her journalism with the BBC, and presenting popular scientific shows such as Tomorrows World. 

Maggie’s idea was to bring together as many Year 8 school children from the region, with a variety of local technical organisations, and for them to share inspiration and ultimately attract the students toward an interesting and well paid career within Engineering or Science.

The events were planned so that they take place before the 12/13 year old students make their final subject choices at school, using TeenTech’s influence to draw them toward a career involving STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths). 

It’s fair to say that without TeenTech, the pupils wouldn’t be aware of the variety of exciting and cool career opportunities available using traditional STEM subjects.

The event took place last week at Doncaster Racecourse, with over 120 engineers, scientists and technologists from brands including JVC, Google, and regional companies such as Newburgh Engineering, AESSEAL and Sheffield Forgemasters, the students enjoyed taking part in the many challenging activities set by the organisations, and gained a taster as to what a career with each exhibitor would be like.

Newburgh Engineering sponsored the event, showcasing some magic tricks made out of brass by their apprentices, who also doubled up as ambassadors, mentoring the students on the day. TeenTech is a brilliant and worthwhile concept and will be touring the country during the course of the year. Every secondary school near to each event is invited.

David Greenan, Newburgh’s Managing Director is a big supporter of the concept, he said “We are passionate about promoting a career in Advanced Manufacturing to the young people who will shape our future. Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing are key to the future prosperity of the UK and to compete globally we need to inspire, attract and train the cream of the UK’s young people. TeenTech shows how exciting, innovative and inspirational the world of STEM can be.”

Newburgh, who provide precision engineering components into the nuclear, oil & gas and aerospace industries, invest heavily in training young people with apprentices making up around 15% of their workforce. They have premises at Rotherham, South Yorkshire and Bradwell in the Hope Valley, Derbyshire. 

TeenTech was awarded Best Engineering Event in Science Week 2010.