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ACS International School Cobham hosts TeenTech Festival for 300 local students


ACS International School Cobham hosted over 30 schools from across South-East England for a TeenTech Festival, an exciting science, technology and engineering challenge day for students aged 12-13.

TeenTech is an award-winning charity, founded in 2008 by former Tomorrow’s World television presenter, Maggie Philbin OBE, and Chris Dodson OBE, a mechanical engineer and current chairman of Mortimer Technologies. The charity aims to help students realise their own potential within science, technology and engineering-related careers.

Across the course of the day, 300 students took part in team activities in three themed zones - Insight, Innovation and Challenge - which were designed to hone skills, such as teamwork and problem-solving.

In the Innovation Zone, teams were tasked with designing an invention to solve a real-world problem and Mia and Catherine’s invention was selected to represent ACS Cobham’s team.

“There’s lots of confusion around recycling. Our invention is designed to sort your rubbish automatically. A digital screen will examine the waste before you put it into the bin and will sort it into different compartments ready to be recycled. So, you’d only need one bin,” commented Mia.

As part of the Insight Zone, students were also able to ask questions and get first-hand insights from leading companies including British Aerospace, Bank of England, Network Rail and JVC Kenwood which attended the event.

During the Challenge Zone, teams took part in fast-paced, technology-derived activities such as designing a keychain to be 3D-printed, coding a robot to break into a bank vault and solving a cyber-crime case – all in just 30 minutes.

Maggie Philbin, who chaired the event said: “TeenTech is designed to help young teens and their teachers to see how science and technology cut across all areas of life. From interactive experiments to in-depth discussions with industry experts, events such as this are a powerful motivation for students entering a critical time of academic study, whether within the International Baccalaureate or GCSE curriculums.”

Barnaby Sandow, Head of School, ACS International School Cobham said: “We want to ensure our students feel ready to take on the challenges of the future and bringing together so many schools with leaders in industry, will help engage our young people in the possibilities of science and technology for the next generation.”

Published: November 26 2019

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