A student from Oakham School has been invited to Buckingham Palace to be presented with their TeenTech Award by HRH The Duke of York – making it the third year in a row for Oakham’s successful TeenTech winners!
TeenTech is a highly regarded national STEM competition and Holly, aged 17, won the ‘Best Research Project Award’ for her inquiry into the causes of the underrepresentation of women in Computer Science.
“It was an incredible privilege to be able to go to Buckingham Palace and meet HRH the Duke of York, especially as I was able to show my work and discuss my ideas with him,” says Holly.
Holly’s journey to the Palace began in September 2017 when she embarked on the TeenTech challenge as part of the School’s weekly activities programme. She was one of four teams from Oakham School who won a place in the final at The Royal Society, beating thousands of other students from across the country. To win the Award, Holly had to present her research to a team of judges made up of celebrity science presenters, journalists and eminent academics.
Oakham School has a strong reputation for success in the TeenTech Awards with five teams winning a place in the final in 2016, and then an impressive six teams making it to the finals in 2017 - the most from any school in the competition!
“We have achieved remarkable success in the TeenTech Awards since we began entering them in 2016,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School, who coordinated the entries. “We have a national reputation for empowering students to be well informed by developing inquiry skills via FOSIL (Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning). Our continued success in the TeenTech Awards, in both the Research and Information Literacy Award (winning in 2016 and 2017, and being a finalist in 2018), and Holly’s success this year in the Best Research Project Award, is very tangible evidence that our students really are benefiting from FOSIL, and are able to master the ability to learn by finding out for themselves.”
More students have already embarked on the TeenTech challenge for this year’s competition. They are already working in teams (of up to three) to look at problems large and small, to see if they can use their imagination and think creatively to find a better way of doing things.
“I feel very fortunate to have been given the opportunity and support from Mr Toerien to fully engage with the TeenTech competition, and I'm so pleased to see a new group of students developing the project this year,” concludes Holly.