Second year for TeenTech success!

For the second year running, students from Oakham School have been selected to take part in the TeenTech final!  Last year five teams progressed to the Final to compete in six Categories – this year the School has gone one better, with six teams being selected for the Final - competing in an impressive 10 Categories!

“It is wonderful to be able to build on last year’s success, as we had set the bar quite high - winning three awards, more than any other school at the event.” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School, who coordinated the entries. “Keen to help build on the School’s previous success, Harry Smith, who won two awards last year, has been back to Oakham twice to mentor this year’s entrants – which has proved very successful in helping our students to really hone and develop their ideas.”

The young inventors of the future will now join all of the other winning entrepreneurs at the Royal Society in London on Monday 26 June to present their pioneering ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrity science presenters, journalists and eminent academics, who last year included Professor Brian Cox, Professor Jim Al-Khalili, Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, and BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones.

Oakham’s six winning teams are:

  • TeraDetect&Encrypt, which has won a place in the Health category, is a simple and secure way of detecting skin cancer. Designed by Annabel and Isabelle, it sees Isabelle progress to the Final for an impressive second year running!
  • inteLEDgent, created by Zara and nominated in the Transport category, is an intelligent road sign that changes its display according to environmental conditions
  • DroneZone is an automated drone for use in pest control, nominated in the Environment category, created by Adam and David  
  • PyroWear, designed by Aashish and Ben, is a line of clothing with accurate temperature control for people with conditions like Raynaud’s Syndrome (Fashion & Retail category)
  • BrainWave was the ‘brainchild’ of Alex, Millie and Zsolti and has been nominated for both the Research & Information Literacy, and the Digital Skills category.  It is an ‘edutainment’ virtual reality, with biofeedback-adaptive features.
  • EKO Filters, a rooftop water irrigation and filtration system for domestic homes, was created by Jack, Sophie and Zena. Impressively, it has won recognition in four categories: Design & Construction, Manufacturing, Digital Skills, and Research & Information Literacy.

Six other teams submitted Innovation Logs to the competition. Whilst they were not successfully in being selected for the Final, they will receive a certificate (Bronze, Silver or Gold) and it is certainly an achievement in itself to have taken part in the challenge. As Darryl Toerien explains, “TeenTech is an excuse for us to embark on an ambitious intellectual adventure, which need not end with the Innovation Log, the Final, or even the Award Ceremony. The journey is the real reward.” The other six teams are:

  • I Breathe, a portable, affordable breathalyser for detecting a range of diseases, by Mia and Samantha,
  •, a computer application for visualising sound, by Caleb
  • Galloping Inferno, a smart numnah to keep your horse safe in the dangerous world of equestrian sports, by Archie and George
  • Tacet Nox, a silent IV pump helping to create a calmer atmosphere in hospitals, by Anneke and Phoebe
  • 14C, nuclear batteries for mission critical systems such as fire alarms, by Ben
  • Harriet’s submission for Best Research Project, for her work on ‘Mitochondrial transfer and its impacts on other aspects of STEM’

The TeenTech Awards challenge students to work in teams (of up to three) to look at problems large and small, and to see if they can use their imagination and think creatively to find a better way of doing things. The competition, which is incredibly well-regarded, was set up to help young people understand their true potential in the contemporary STEM workplace.

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