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OCR was confirmed as sponsor of TeenTech’s Teacher of the Year Award 2014, during a celebration of science, engineering and technology for young people at London’s Olympic Park this week. Maggie Philbin, CEO of TeenTech (and perhaps best known as a presenter on BBC’s Tomorrow’s World) announced OCR’s involvement in this year’s Awards.
The TeenTech Awards encourage Year 7 to 11 secondary school students to channel their enthusiasm for science and technology in a nationwide competition. The 2014 contest will culminate in a prize-giving ceremony next summer at Buckingham Palace, with patron HRH Duke of Kent. Ideas from teenagers who took part in last year’s Awards included health bracelets to monitor glucose levels in diabetic patients and a way of recharging mobile devices on a bicycle.
Liam Sammon, OCR Director of Commercial and Education Services said: “TeenTech’s vision of encouraging young people to make positive choices to follow technology, science or engineering pathways at school and in their careers is one shared by OCR. The Awards help to inspire and enthuse teenagers in STEM subjects and we are pleased to sponsor this year’s brand new Teacher of the Year category. We look forward to following the competition closely over the coming months.”
TeenTech is an award-winning organisation, set up by Maggie Philbin five years ago, to bridge the gap between education and employment. It holds events around the country to inform the next generation of young people – boys and girls – about science and technology options. Over 350 schools took part in TeenTech events in 2013.
OCR is also delighted that Maggie Philbin and TeenTech will be on OCR’s stand at BETT 2014 in January.
Visit the TeenTech website for more details on how students and teachers can get involved in the 2014 Awards.