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Teen Tech Innovation Workshop

Teen Tech Innovation Workshop

A team of our Year 10 Engineers braved the ‘Beast from the East’  to attend the TeenTech Innovation Workshop, looking at the Future of Rail Transport. The event was hosted at Newcastle Rail Academy and presented by Maggie Philbin OBE, who many parents and grandparents will remember as one of the first female presenters of Tomorrow’s World. Maggie now runs these awards to encourage creative solutions from young people to real problems across a range of industries. We plan to submit our ideas on how rail travel can be made safer, more accessible and more enjoyable at the end of this term, and if any are shortlisted, we will then get to present them to a range of judges at the Royal Society in London. Winners in each of the categories receive £1000 in prize money at a ceremony in Buckingham Palace.
Our students also had to pitch their first ideas to a panel of industry experts and were given some very helpful feedback to help them further develop these ideas for the competition. Maggie Philbin described their ideas  as “Well thought out, practical, original and amazing!”
Some of the comments from the students on the way back included “I never realised there were so many different careers linked to the railways”, “I’d love to work on these kinds of projects” and “Can we get straight on with our competition entries”. If any parents would like to get involved too, maybe who work in rail transport or have strong opinions on what needs improving we would love to hear from you as part of our research.
Please contact Mr T Smith in the Engineering department, and soon, we only have a month!

Tim Smith
Lead Practitioner
Design Technology and Media Departments

(pic by David Charlton Photography)

(pic by David Charlton Photography)

(pic by David Charlton Photography)

(pic by David Charlton Photography)

(pic by David Charlton Photography)