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UTC Reading students reach TeenTech Awards final ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

This term, a group of UTC Reading finalists had the chance to present their Research Project ‘The Bioethics of Human Tissue’ at the Institute of Engineering and Technology.

The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 and 16-19, working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things.

The TeenTech Awards were established in 2012/13 and schools have found them a powerful tool to help students to see how they might apply science and technology to real world problems. They encourage students to develop their own ideas for making life better, simpler, safer and more fun. 

UTC Reading student finalist Tariq, tells us more…

“Our AWE mentors, especially Steven Kitching, helped to put forward four good projects to the second round of the TeenTech awards. The advice from the mentors for developing the project further and presentations was invaluable.”

“In May, we were informed that one of the projects successfully reached the final round and that our presentation, video and poster would be used to assess it.”

“Our team, named TissueXtra, worked on the research project ‘The Bioethics of Human Tissue’ by Glory Endah, Jeremi Motyl and Joana Antunes, reached the final at the Royal Society. What an achievement by the AWE mentors and the TissueXtra team for reaching the final on our first attempt at these TeenTech Awards!”

“The day of the finals was very well organised. Meeting Dame Maggie Philbin was a real privilege; I knew of her from ‘Tomorrow’s World’ series on TV in the 1970s! We learnt how to present important information to a tight schedule and under pressure and also to tackle incisive questions in a very polite and competent manner. The important point was that though the standard was very high by the winners, our students fitted in very well and performed equally as well.”

“This is a great experience for our school and future participants in the TeenTech Awards competition. To sum up the day, it was exciting, inspiring and very motivating.”

Well done to the UTC Reading students involved in this exciting project, and a big thank you to AWE for their continued support.

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