The TeenTech Hampshire Festival was held this year at the Hampshire Court Hotel in Basingstoke. TeenTech are a national organisation that promotes STEM subjects in schools and connects them to Scientific, Engineering and Technology companies through awards, online events and festivals.
Farnborough Hill was represented by ten pupils who have been involved in the TeenTech Club. The event was centred around the themes of Innovation, Insight and Challenge and pupils were set a number of sharply focused challenges and activities to get some hands-on experience of STEM activities. There was also a chance to meet with industry experts from a wide range of companies including Bletchley Park, Microsoft, Stannah, Network Rail and Amazon Web Services.
Our table was sponsored by BAE Systems and we had a STEM Ambassador from the company to guide us around the activities which included coding, robotics, encryption, Generative AI and a session on CPR from the Ambulance Service. The next activity was run by BAE Systems and invited students to design and make a small boat to carry a maximum load before sinking. The challenge was to plan, design, and make the craft whilst taking into account costings for materials.
All attendees gathered together in the final session to vote on some of the innovative ideas that had been generated during the day. The shortlist was compiled by the experts and then the audience voted for their favourites using handheld electronic voting devices. Amelie (9ω) won a prize for her idea in the Environmental category and Isla (9A) was recognised for her work in the Best Physical Innovation category.
Overall, this was a very rewarding day and hopefully will inspire innovators of the future from within Farnborough Hill.