Over 500 London schoolchildren will descend upon the Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park tomorrow to get a taste of the reality of careers in technology and engineering.
More than 200 industry professionals will guide the attendees at the TeenTech event.
TeenTech is the brainchild of BBC “Tomorrow’s World” presenter Maggie Philbin. It works with teenagers from across Britain to make them aware of career opportunities within science, engineering and technology.
Philbin said: “We are thrilled to see that some schools have now put more emphasis on these subjects as a direct result of participating in TeenTech.”
“By working closely with both schools and companies we bring a more informed and up to date understanding of the many exciting opportunities out there for people with the right skills.”
Children aged 12-14 will take part in a variety of challenges throughout the day set up by key STEM industry players including IBM, National Grid, JVC and Samsung.
This year, challenges will include testing the DNA of strawberries and a food truck which takes your favourite ingredients and transforms them into never-seen-before dishes.
The challenges will test the innovation and creativity of children and help them develop a set of skills that can be translated into the school environment and later into a career.
Hong Tang, Design and Technology teacher at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate College, said ahead of the event: “Events like TeenTech City provide an experience that is hard to reproduce in the classroom and really gives pupils a taste of what having a STEM career could be like.”