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Two teams win at the TeenTech awards!

For the second year in a row, students from Oakham School have scooped some of the top awards at the TeenTech Final! As well as winning the Research & Information Literacy Award and the Health Award, the School also had the most teams in the Final – an impressive six in total! 

All of Oakham’s finalists joined 143 talented entrepreneurs from across the country at the Royal Society in London to present their pioneering ideas to a team of judges made up of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics. This included Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Click reporter Kate Russell, and science and tech reporter Dallas Campbell. 

Oakham’s pupils retained the Research & Information Literacy Award for the second year running. It was won by Alex, Millie  and Zsolti for their BrainWave project – which is an ‘edutainment’ virtual reality, with biofeedback-adaptive features. 

Annabel and Isabelle won the Health Award for their TeraDetect&Encrypt project - which is a simple and secure way of detecting skin cancer. This was particularly rewarding for Isabelle, given that it was her second TeenTech Final. 

“To win two Awards, as well as have six teams in the Final, is an outstanding result for both our students and the School,” says Darryl Toerien, Head of Library, who coordinated the entries. “What makes this achievement extraordinary is the fact that whilst some of the projects were inspired by work undertaken in class, all of our entries were developed outside of lessons – during a weekly TeenTech activity session. This indicates our students’ impressive levels of independent learning and self-motivation - whilst not forgetting their entrepreneurial flair!” 

Both of Oakham’s winning teams are thrilled to now have the honour of receiving their awards from TeenTech Patron HRH Duke of York, at a special reception at Buckingham Palace. Annabel and Isabelle have also been invited 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. 

The other ideas from Oakham School that won much-coveted places in the final were: 

· EKO Filters, a rooftop water irrigation and filtration system for domestic homes, won recognition in an impressive four categories: Design & Construction, Manufacturing, Digital Skills, and Research & Information Literacy 

· inteLEDgent, nominated in the Transport category, is an intelligent road sign that changes its display according to environmental conditions 

· DroneZone an automated drone for use in pest control, was nominated in the Environment category 

· PyroWear, a line of clothing with accurate temperature control for people with conditions like Raynaud’s Syndrome, was nominated in the Fashion & Retail category. 

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. 

Oakham has forged an incredibly strong reputation in the TeenTech competition over the past two years. Last year five teams progressed to the Final, competing in six Categories and winning three! This year the School went one better, with six teams selected for the Final, competing in an impressive 10 Categories, which resulted in two wins overall.

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