You may know my name from my work as a BBC reporter on programmes like 'Tomorrow's World' or BBC Breakfast. I also run an organisation to help young people understand more about the career opportunities in Science and Technology.
I wanted to alert you to the TeenTech Awards which we have just launched and which are open to all students 11-16, whether or not they have attended a TeenTech event.
The Awards are aspirational - and students are allowed to collaborate with industry, universities and teams overseas on their entries.
As the teenager who designed the flyer remarked, the prizes are 'awesome'. In-kind prizes and £1000 to category winners and the overall winner will have tea at Buckingham Palace with our patron HRH Duke of York. However it was interesting to see that he and his friends were most excited by the thought of being able to work on projects with 'real' companies.
We're asking schools to let us know if they intend to enter by December 14th using our online entry form. Students don't need to have done any work on projects by then but we need to know numbers so we can provide adequate support. We've already had some fantastic news from schools who intend to work with partners in Nepal, Brazil, Australia and Canada. I've attached a flyer (done by Harry Ortmans, 18) and the student information. Students will then have until March 22nd to work on their ideas. ITV News have also just shown a news item about a school in the North East who have registered for the awards: http://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2012-12-06/teentech-schools-competition/
Do enter your students and please alert teachers in your networks, so that we reach as many students and schools as possible. Students and schools are very excited by the scope and flexibility of the Awards and the opportunity to collaborate with others.
There's lots of information on our website - and please email if you'd like to ask any questions.
The list of TeenTech events for 2013 will be ready shortly and includes new events in Wales, South Gloucestershire, Cheshire, Manchester, Staffordshire and Northern Ireland.
All the very best
TeenTech on BBC News: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-18416111