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TeenTech Awards

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

TeenTech Awards

Could your student be an innovator? Do they have an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better? Do they have a skill they would like to showcase? Or have an interest in an area they would like to research?

The TeenTech Awards are a year-round programme to help young people understand their own potential to enjoy careers across science, technology and engineering.

The programme has had a powerful impact not only on individual students, who have been awarded university scholarships, Arkwright scholarships, international awards and a British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours list, but also on entire school communities where engineering and technology departments have been set up as a direct result of student enthusiasm. Teachers have described the programme as 'a bushfire which spreads through the entire school'.

Every student and every school who participate are given support, receive high-quality feedback and gain access to an impressive network of industry supporters and sponsors.


Minimum of 1 participant, maximum of 400 participants. We recommend that students work in teams of 3 on their projects but some may choose to work on their own or in a pair.


Schools decide whether they wish to run the programme over 8 or 16 weeks. Students are given year-round support with exciting industry mentors.

Optional invitations to Innovation Sessions hosted on company sites such as BBC, Accenture, GSK, Atkins, Rolls Royce. During Covid 19 we are offering exciting virtual sessions led by well known people in science, technology and engineering.

Learning outcomes

  • Improve engagement, interest or enjoyment in STEM subjects

  • Improve attainment and progress in STEM subjects

  • Learning what the engineering workplace is like

  • Develop engineering employability skills

  • Improve awareness and aspirations for STEM-related study and careers

  • Challenge stereotypes by showing the diversity of disciplines, people and skills involved in engineering

Subjects and topics

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Computing
    • Design and Technology
    • Engineering
    • Maths
    • Physics
    • Agriculture and food
    • Biotechnology
    • Chemical engineering
    • Design, art and fashion
    • Electronics, robotics and programming
    • Energy and environment
    • Entertainment, sound and lighting
    • General engineering
    • Humanitarian aid
    • Materials, products and manufacturing
    • Medicine and healthcare
    • Structures, construction and civil engineering
    • Transport

Gatsby benchmarks

TheĀ Gatsby benchmarks are a framework for good careers guidance for schools across all of England and in some areas across the rest of the UK. This experience helps your school to reach the following benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Encounters with further and higher education

Essential skills

The essential skills every young person needs to succeed in education and their future career. Find out more at the Skills Builder Partnership. This experience builds the following skills:

  • Aiming high - the ability to set clear, tangible goals and devise a robust route to achieving them.

  • Creativity - the use of imagination and the generation of new ideas.

  • Leadership - supporting, encouraging and motivating others to achieve a shared goal.

  • Listening - the ability to listen and understand information.

  • Problem solving - the ability to find a solution to a complex situation or challenge.

  • Speaking - the oral transmission of information or ideas.

  • Staying positive - the ability to use tactics to overcome setbacks and achieve goals.

  • Teamwork - working cooperatively with others towards achieving a shared goal.

What the teachers say

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TeenTech City of Tomorrow

TeenTech City of Tomorrow challenges young people to design the 'safer, smarter, kinder' city of the future.

  • Ages 11 to 14
  • In-school
  • Multi-session
  • Free

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