TeenTech UK comes to Galway

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PRESS RELEASE

21st March, 2015

Galway Science & Technology Forum partners with TeenTech UK

Galway Science and Technology Forum in partnership with NUI Galway have invited TeenTech to Galway.  TeenTech is an industry-led initiative that helps students understand how STEM subjects are the pathway to tomorrow’s careers and to give teenage inventors and innovators a head start!

The award winning event will bring 300 teenagers from 30 secondary schools across Galway City & County together with over 140 scientists, engineers and technologists for a day of interesting challenges and experiments. Students and teachers will meet leading science and technology companies and find out about the career opportunities and the skills required to pursue a career therein.

TeenTech events runs in twelve regions of England and Wales but this is the first time the event will run in the Republic of Ireland. The aim is to challenge out-dated preconceptions which students hold about what it might be like to be a scientist or an engineer.

The event is already booked out by the schools and there are a few remaining places for companies who may wish to join Medtronic, Boston Scientific, Hewlett Packard, Thermo King, Avaya, SAP, Google, Creganna, IBM, JVC, Chanelle Group, Fidelity Investments, and educational bodies NUI Galway, GMIT, Marine Institute and SFI/Smart Futures in running lively stands and activities to showcase their work.  Students will also be invited to turn ideas generated on the day into projects.

According to E-skills for Jobs in Europe the EU could face a shortage of up to 900,000 ICT professionals by 2020. Teenagers are enthusiastic about using technology but don’t always understand how they could be making and creating it too.

Tom Hyland, Chairman of the Galway Science & Technology Forum in welcoming TeenTech to Galway said, “This is a very exciting opportunity for second level students, our innovators of the future and their teachers to participate in something new and hopefully very interesting.”

TeenTech is the co-brainchild of technology broadcaster Maggie Philbin – known for programmes Bang Goes the Theory and Tomorrow’s World – and aims to nurture teenage innovation through the award scheme and supporting events in schools all across the country. Philbin was one of the first people to test out many of the technologies taken for granted today, including the world’s first truly mobile phone, the first car navigation system as well as the first supermarket barcode reader.

Maggie Philbin, CEO TeenTech said “We are thrilled to be able to offer young people this inspiring opportunity. My family are originally from the West of Ireland so being able to partner with The Galway Science & Technology Forum and their team means a huge amount to me personally. Young people have so much potential but it’s a fast changing world and we want them to be able to understand what contemporary industry really needs and also to consider areas where in the future they might set up their own companies. We live in the digital age, where it’s possible for a start up to move quickly to a global customer base. We want to give young people the tools and confidence to do this. It’s terrific to work with such an enthusiastic and experienced partner and we very much hope the relationship will be a long lasting one.” Ms Philbin went on to say, “Voting buttons are used to assess the impact of the day and the impact is particularly strong on young girls. At our TeenTech London event, only 22% girls arrived with any interest in technology or engineering. By the end of the day the figure was 78%.  92% teachers say the event has increased their understanding of STEM careers.”

Dónal Leech, Dean, College of Science, NUI Galway said “This fantastic event offers, for the first time in the Republic of Ireland, an opportunity for young Galway-based scientists, engineers, technologists and innovators to engage in hands-on activities provided by both local technology-driven companies and educational partners, under the prestigious TeenTech banner using NUI Galway facilities. It expands on our Galway Science & Technology Forum events, aimed at encouraging students to consider STEM career pathways.”

Full details on how to support TeenTech Galway can be found on the TeenTech website: http://www.teentech.com/teentech-comes-to-ireland/

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FURTHER PRESS DETAILS & IMAGES:

Gwen O’ Sullivan Communications

Publicity Manager

Galway Science & Technology Forum

T: +353 87 6601592

E: gwencommunications@gmail.com

W: www.galwayscience.ie

 

Web site: http://www.teentechevent.com

Follow us on Twitter: @teentechevent /  #teentechawards

Watch video of a TeenTech event here

Watch a video of the 2014 TeenTech Awards here

 

NOTES TO EDITORS:

  • TeenTech is an award winning, industry-led initiative, co-founded by Maggie Philbin (BBC Tomorrow’s World) and Chris Dodson, OBE, Chairman of the Institute of Directors (South) who worked with Berkshire Education Business Partnerships, companies and business organisations to create a very special experience for young people. The first TeenTech ran in the Thames Valley in November 2008.
  • In 2015 TeenTech events will run in South Yorkshire, North Wales, Hampshire, Portsmouth, Surrey, Kent, Manchester, Humber, Bristol and London

ABOUT GALWAY SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FORUM

The Galway Science & Technology Festival was founded in 1998 to bridge the gap between students and industry and encourage students to study STEM subjects at third level. The main event for the Forum is the two week Festival which will run this year from the 9th-22nd November and will culminate on Sunday 22th November with a one day Exhibition in NUI Galway showcasing all that is good about Galway in terms of education from primary school to post graduate students, multi-national and indigenous companies and some fun and exciting science shows to entertain and engage the audience in terms of Science & Technology.  Other events arranged by the Forum include the CERN Exhibition “Accelerating Science”  in 2012 and sponsoring of Science Teachers from Galway to attend CERN’s HST programme in Geneva for three weeks each summer. www.galwayscience.ie