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TeenTech Awards at Buckingham Palace

Talented teens from Welland Park Academy showcase their brilliant idea at Buckingham Palace!

The engineers, scientists and technologists of the future from across the country picked up their prizes from the 2016 TeenTech Awards at Buckingham Palace on Monday 10th October. HRH The Duke of York, KG patron of TeenTech heard an update on their progress during a special presentation ceremony to celebrate their innovations. 

The most creative and innovative ideas were chosen by judges at the finals held at the Royal Society earlier in the summer.

Welland Park Academy students, Joshua Garden, Ted Harcombe and James Vickers,  aged  -- years old won the Safety and Security Category  with their highly advanced technical idea to help different people in society open and lock their doors safely. They were also finalists in the digital category of the awards. The competition challenges young people to use technology to solve real-world problems in 20 categories inspired by industries important to the future including environment, transport, healthcare and wearables.   HRH Duke of York, patron of TeenTech said, ‘As patron of TeenTech, it’s a real pleasure to watch the organisation grow and to meet so many inspiring young people and their teachers. TeenTech have consistently worked to prepare young people for the real working world of tomorrow – one which needs bold, brave thinkers with finely honed scientific, technical and digital skills: people who can collaborate, create and communicate.’ Congratulating the students on their winning projects the Duke urged them to ‘Inspire others in your schools and keep solving problems’

Kathy Dare, Head of Design and Technology at Welland Park Academy said ‘The boys have worked brilliantly well as a team, and shown real talent in problem solving. As part of the process they have collaborated with external links, including Maplin, The Manchester Met University and University of the City of Birmingham – to which they have been invited for a visit this term –something the boys are really excited about! I am extremely proud of them – this is the second time Welland Park Academy students have won a category at the TeenTech finals and I am always bowled over by the creativity and quality of the projects they produce.’

The Awards were set up to excite young people about the ever-expanding career possibilities available in the fields of science, engineering and technology.


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