Caterham’s Teen Tech National Win!
Caterham School’s Teen Tech team have been announced as national winners at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The three-strong team were chosen as overall national winners for their design and prototype of ‘SensoSafe’ – a bike light that also detects vehicles approaching the cyclist from behind, alerting them to the potential danger. The young engineers were presented their award by HRH the Duke of York.
Teen Tech is a national competition that invites entries from across the UK in a multitude of different STEM disciplines. The event recorded its highest ever number of entries this year with an astonishing 1400 groups putting forward their innovative ideas. Judges from a variety of STEM backgrounds declared the Caterham School team as winners in the Transport category in summer 2016 and then as national winners across all categories in October 2016.
Presenting the pupils with their certificates, the 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”
Said Ceri Jones, Headmaster: “This is a superb achievement for David, Ollie and Caspar, and for the Design Technology department who supported and guided the team throughout. It is vital that we give our young people the encouragement and resources to support their ideas. We are very fortunate at Caterham School that our Design Technology department, and our new Innovation Centre, provide an environment that supports (STEM) subjects and pupils’ individual talents and interests in this area. Combine this with talented and supportive teachers and the results are exciting.”