TeenTech Centre of Innovation
8 December 2016
Following last year’s resounding success at the TeenTech Awards, where our teams picked up more awards than any other school, Oakham has been designated a TeenTech Centre of Innovation and Creativity.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to be one of the first schools in the country to be given this accolade,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School, who coordinates TeenTech entries. “It is yet further recognition of Oakham’s excellence in both the design process and the research process.”
Last year, students from Oakham won the ‘Research and Information Literacy Award’, the accolade of ‘Best Innovation’, and the much-coveted ‘Consumer Innovation Award’. Harry Smith, who won two of these awards, returned to Oakham this week to inspire the 35 students who are currently working on their TeenTech projects. As well as giving a presentation on TeenTech and STEM, he listened to all the teams ‘pitch’ their ideas.
“Harry was able to share his experience of taking part last year to help guide our current TeenTech teams,” continues Darryl. “His advice and feedback really was invaluable to the students.”
Harry’s winning idea was an ergonomically redesigned hairdryer – one that is cordless and heats using semi-conductors to minimise damage to the hair. As well as winning ‘Best Innovation - Model, Prototype or Product’, he also won the coveted ‘Consumer Innovation Award’ – and as a result is currently working with Maplin to see if his idea can be made, marketed, and sold in their stores!
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 Award was set up to help young people understand their true potential in the contemporary STEM workplace.