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LHS Win the Manufacturing TeenTech Award! 22.06.16

Designs for “Tomorrow’s World”: Talented teens show industry experts and celebs their winning ideas for a ‘better, simpler, easier’ future at TeenTech Awards 2016

On Monday 20th June 3 teams from Loughborough High School and 6 teams from Loughborough Grammar School travelled to The Royal Society in London for the TeenTech competition.

The competition is open to school students aged between 11 to 16, the TeenTech Awards challenged students to search for scientific and technological solutions to make life ‘better, simpler or easier’.

Having seen off fierce competition from hundreds of teams from schools across the UK, the young innovators travelled to London to present their pioneering ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrity science presenters, journalists and eminent academics. Co-founder of TeenTech co-founder and former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin was joined by a host of familiar faces including Professor Brian Cox, theoretical physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, tech reporter for BBC Click LJ Rich, Channel 4 News’ Geoff White, science and tech reporter Dallas Campbell, Gemma Morris from SKY, Fran Scott, CBBC Science Presenter and Jo Johnson MP.

Youngsters aged between 11-18 years old were challenged to use technology to solve real-world problems by researching current markets and gleaning advice from industry experts. The students came up with scientific and technological solutions to real problems across a range of categories including energy, healthcare, education, entertainment, environment, transport, construction, and wearables.

The 15 categories featured in the competition included industries important to the future economy, such as transport, health care, environment and wearable technology. Hundreds of teams from schools across the UK entered the awards and there were over 1500 entries this year from all over the UK including Aberdeen and even Northern Ireland.

With Women in Engineering day on Thursday 23rd June, TeenTech were pleased to announce that 8 of the 20 category prizes were won by teams of girls. This included the Design and Construction prize for a remarkable design for an ‘Emergency Necklace Bridge’   and a cancer detecting bra. 75 girls and 69 boys reached the final held at the Royal Society in London. These positive female numbers clearly demonstrate that girls are just as enthusiastic as boys when it comes to developing tech ideas that will change our world. Over 800 girls across the UK participated in the competition.

Our winning team won the Manufacturing award sponsored by Cranfield University. The finalistt eam  – STEERCLEAR (Chloe, Lini & Ashley) won with their idea to adapt the modern steering wheel to make driving a more enjoyable experience whilst making it safer and more interesting to drive. Their award was presented by the BBC’s technology news correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Our additional two teams did amazing presentations, impressing no less than two rounds of VIP judges. Una and Peta were in the Finance & Retail category with their idea for a Money Management App and Florence, Aditi, and Eva, Team ‘Combat’ were in the Armed Services category’.

Loughborough Grammar School won two awards;  one in the Healthcare category for Medivest, a unique, advanced piece of wearable technology designed to combat the often crippling cases of severe epilepsy, allowing patients to monitor and send their vital signs to their doctors from the comfort of their homes in a safe, accurate and crucially non-invasive manner. Their other team won the Best Research Project – “Biosense” concucted research into the detection of glucose in the urine of undiagnosed type 1 diabetes through a toilet block that causes a colour change in the toilet bowl signifying a positive result for a disease test

Wearable Technology and our health and well-being was a prominent feature at the 2016 TeenTech Awards, with “Bras with Benefits” a cancer detecting bra, designed to identify early stage breast cancer, winning the Wearable Technology prize and th e LGS team Medivest, pipped three other highly commendable finalists to the post in the Healthcare Category.

A biodegradable fishing net, Bluetooth Speakers made from obsolete books and vinyl records and “MyST App”, an app to make booking school trips simple an easy for teachers were also on the winners rostra for 2016. These were just some of the winning innovations pitched by talented teenagers on how to use technology to make life ‘better, simpler or easier’ at the TeenTech Awards .

A host of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics visited the Royal Society to meet the talented young entrepreneurs and hear more about their cutting-edge insights into how to harness technology to make the world better. More than 120 teens were given the opportunity to get their ideas in front of the businesses and individuals who can help commercialise them and make them a reality.

Winning teams have been rewarded with special experiences with the sponsoring companies and an invitation from TeenTech Patron HRH Duke of York KG to a special reception at Buckingham Palace in the Autumn.

More information can be found at the TeenTech website: http://www.teentech.com/teentech-awards-2016-winners/