Year 9 get ‘hands-on’ with STEM activities at TeenTech

Year 9 get ‘hands-on’ with STEM activities at TeenTech

Earlier this week some of our Year 9 students headed off to the University of Manchester to take part in the award-winning TeenTech event along with children from 30 other Greater Manchester schools.

TeenTech is organised in collaboration with Greater Manchester Higher and is an event aimed at inspiring children to choose careers in the STEM subjects. Joining STEM professionals from many different industries our students enjoyed a day of practical, hands-on experiments and challenges from building a steel infrastructure to testing DNA from prehistoric skulls.

TeenTech is perfectly timed for Year 9 students, just before they set out to make their GCSE subject choices. It aims to dispel gender stereotypes and shift perceptions of careers teenagers may have previously considered ‘difficult’, ‘geeky’ or ‘boring’.

Our students enjoyed a fantastic day and their entry for one challenge – to find a solution to one of society’s problems – saw them win the ‘Best Physical Innovation Prize’ for a product called ‘DataPlate’…well done guys!