TeenTech returns to Wales

Cardiff University has once again teamed up with award-winning charity TeenTech to deliver a month’s worth of live online digital, science and technology events to children in schools and at home across Wales.

From space, cyber and emerging technologies, to media, health and game design, the students will benefit from a wide range of interactive sessions delivered by well-known science and technology reporters.

The programme of events will run for four weeks, starting on Tuesday 15 March, and is being supported by local Cardiff-based solutions specialists Circle along with Dell and SonicWall.

Each live interactive session will last for one hour, with students tasked to respond creatively to challenges and projects before participating in a follow-up feedback session with industry experts, many of them from Cardiff University and other Wales-based businesses.

Younger learners can engage with the ’City of Tomorrow’ programme, working together to design kinder, safer, smarter spaces of the future, while older learners can focus on specialist topics through the ’Innovation Live’ programme, covering topics such as game design, health tech, future of media and entertainment, emerging technology, cybersecurity and space.

A brand new ’City of Tomorrow Smart Skills’ session has been designed to develop students’ digital, media and data literacy skills, with additional workshops on animation also available to take part in over the Easter holidays.

All of the sessions have been designed to be fun and engaging, whilst providing real context to learning that helps the students to understand more about careers and the way exciting emerging technology is shaping all aspects of our lives.

Content for many of the sessions will be built around work and research undertaken at Cardiff University, from making microscopic drawings to how we take photographs of outer space, with a live moderated Q&A with Cardiff University staff and other contributors throughout.

TeenTech CEO and co-founder, Maggie Philbin OBE, said: "Based on the huge success of TeenTech Wales last year, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to link up with Cardiff University again to develop and deliver an exciting live festival of online activities designed to bring careers to life for young people in Wales.

"It’s a great opportunity to hear from their research teams and the impact of their work on the technologies of the future and the next generation. We’re so proud of these sessions which put the fun back into learning and help students clearly see how they could be the innovators of the future."

Professor Rudolf Allemann, Pro-Vice Chancellor International and Student Recruitment and Head of the College of Physical Sciences and Engineering at Cardiff University, said: "It’s fantastic that we’ve been able to further strengthen our partnership with TeenTech this year and deliver another programme of exciting and inspiring activities.

"Equipping the creators and innovators of the future is at the heart of Cardiff University’s mission, and TeenTech is a wonderful opportunity for young people from all parts of Wales to discover how science and technology apply to their own lives and interests, whatever their background."

TeenTech are an award-winning charity, founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help students see the wide range of career possibilities within science, technology and engineering.

Teachers, parents and students can find out more and register for as many events as they like