Oakham’s two teams of TeenTech winners were delighted to visit Buckingham Palace to collect their Awards from the Duke of York. This is the second year running that students have been invited to the Palace having won Awards in this prestigious national competition.
The Duke of York congratulated all of the students on their innovations – having fought off competition from across the country to win their much-coveted Awards. Annabel and Isabelle collected the Health Award for their TeraDetect&Encrypt project, a simple and secure way of detecting skin cancer. Alex, Millie and Zsolti collected their Research & Information Literacy Award for their BrainWave project – an ‘edutainment’ virtual reality, with biofeedback-adaptive features.
“It was a fantastic Award ceremony, which saw the students rewarded and recognised for both their hard work and their entrepreneurial flair,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library at Oakham School, who coordinated the entries.
Whilst the visit to Buckingham Palace was the culmination of the TeenTech Awards, Annabel and Isabelle have also had the opportunity to visit the Head of Research and Innovation Centre at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, who sponsored the Health category for which they won their Award.
Oakham School has an impressive history of success at the TeenTech Awards. Last year five teams progressed to the final to compete in six Categories, winning three awards in total. This year six teams were selected for the final, competing in an impressive 10 Categories and winning two awards in total, as well as being recognised again as a TeenTech Centre of Innovation and Creativity.
The School is already preparing for next year’s competition, as Darryl explains: “we are ambitious to build even further on our TeenTech successes, most notably because the competition allows students to apply our FOSIL inquiry process to solving real-world problems; tellingly, this is the second year in the row that we have won the all-important Research & Information Literacy Award.”
Oakham’s young inventors had to first research and submit a detailed project design to win a place in the final of the competition. They then they had to successfully present their pioneering ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrity science presenters, journalists, industry leaders and eminent academics to win their Award.
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.