TeenTech makes welcome return to Basingstoke

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TEENTECH is set to return to Basingstoke for the third year running next month.

The event aims to inspire 300 teenagers from across Hampshire to consider careers in Science, Technology and Engineering.

The 2014 TeenTech will be held at The Hampshire Court Hotel, in Chineham, on June 17 and will involve more than 120 leading scientists, engineers and technologists from global, regional and start-up companies.

From robotics to broadcast technology, precision engineering to world class scientific research, the event will showcase the range of opportunities in a fast changing career landscape.

Maggie Philbin, former BBC Tomorrow’s World presenter and founder of TeenTech, said: “Teenagers are not always clear about the skills they need to succeed, and don’t always stand out because of our exams system.

“TeenTech not only offers young people a chance to see what it takes to be a creator rather than a consumer of technology, but it also allows employers to see the raw talent they need to encourage and often leads to teachers seeing their own students in a different light.”

Sue Riley, chief executive officer of educational charity Basingstoke Consortium, which is partnering with TeenTech CIC to run the event, said: “Positive role models who work in industry are best equipped to inspire young people to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

“This is why TeenTech is such a wonderful opportunity for local schools. Nowhere else could young people gain access to such cutting-edge technology, aspirational business ambassadors and inspirational leaders.

“Hands-on activities not only help to bring learning to life for students, but help teachers inject reality into future lessons. The consortium is hugely proud to be part of TeenTech.”

AWE, Sony and Hampshire County Council are sponsoring the event, and among the other companies supporting the event are Air Products, De La Rue, Thales, Virgin Media,Vitacress Salads and WSP.

Ken Ritchie, director, Semiconductor & Electronic Solutions, Sony Europe, said: “At Sony, we believe it is very important to encourage the next generation of scientists and engineers to build the skills we need for the future.

“We are delighted to support TeenTech here in Basingstoke once again after the success of last year’s event. As well as inspiring the teenagers, it is a unique opportunity for our employees to showcase their skills and our company with an audience which brings a completely fresh and challenging perspective.”

Also proud to be supporting TeenTech, AWE public affairs manager Philippa Kent said: “It’s a great opportunity to inspire pupils and their teachers about the world of science, engineering and technology.”

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