New organisation dedicated to investing in young people by educating them on the importance of science could open the doors for them in the future.
Teen Tech is an organisation that runs lively one day events to increase awareness of career possibilities to young teenagers in Science, Engineering and Technology.
During these events, students engage in a number of activities including creating mobile phone applications with a number of organisations, in order to help them better understand the possibilities that exist in and around future careers.
With the increase in innovative technological advances that have been developed by various companies to help the London 2012 Olympic Games run smoothly, Teen Tech believes that this technology will be in use “long after the Olympic flame is extinguished.”
Teen Tech will run 10 road shows this year across Britain before, during and after the Games, to encourage youngsters to consider a future in these exciting fields. These events will be attended by over 300 schools.
The organisation has successfully developed events which are relevant, up to date and alert young people not only to the career opportunities that exist in their region, but to the skills they need to equip them for an exciting and well paid future.
Maggie Philbin, science broadcaster and founder of Teen Tech said: “Coming here today will have fundamentally changed these young people… For young people, technology is in their DNA. They could be creating that technology, not just consuming it.
“Today is all about helping young people see the point in certain things like Maths and Physics, so that they get the right qualifications to be able to do these jobs.”
The events are a unique collaboration, bringing together key professional organisations to create a very special experience for young people.
With new research showing that a majority of us believe that the London 2012 Olympic Games will not have a lasting positive impact, Teen Tech are proving that the Games could not only benefit our teenagers now, but it could benefit them an our economy in the future.
Ian Foddering, CTO of Cisco, an organisation working with Teen Tech highlighted that it is also important to educate the teachers as well as the students on “the possibilities that exist within the stem related skills and more importantly, careers going forward.”
“Organisations are sharing enthusiasm and excitement with students and getting them to think about what is possible whereas, you and I might think about things and say, ‘well we can’t do this, we can’t do that,’ they have a blank piece of paper, and they’re working from that and saying, ‘well why not?’”
In this new world that we live in, where technology is developed and deposed of in a rapid rate, educating our youngsters on the endless possibilities that the digital age has brought us could change our future for the better.