During the summer term, at the Royal Society in London, two of our Year 10 students, John-Luke Hutchinson and Dylan Denison, reached the National Final of the TeenTech competition, which seeks to discover young people with innovative and beneficial design ideas that could potentially be developments for the future. Our students reached the final with a new idea in transport - a train design based on an old pinball game that would mean a train service that doesn't require fossil fuels or any engine at all!
Maggie Philbin, the ambassador for TeenTech, hosted the event and welcomed all the finalists into the Royal Society. Of 1400 entries to the competition, just 50 had been selected – so a massive achievement to have got to this stage. The day was supported by many high profile people in the Science and Technology industries including Brian Cox, Dr Christian Jessen, Dallas Campbell and the Head of the BBC scientific research.
All the students were questioned as part of the judging process, where they were expected to talk the experts through their initial ideas, developments, evaluations and the potential future prospects of the idea. A very daunting process that our students took in their stride! Unfortunately, John-Luke and Dylan didn’t win their category. However, one of the managing directors at Airbus, who announced the winner in this category, commended all the students in the group for their fantastic contributions.
As a result the school has been selected for Silver Status as a TeenTech Centre of Innovation and Creativity. This is to celebrate schools who TeenTech believe go the extra mile in encouraging their students to develop skills which may not be formally recognised by external exams or Ofsted, but which are of very real value to their future.
Massive congratulations and thanks go to John-Luke, Dylan and Miss Butterworth who worked with the students. This was the first time Beckfoot students have entered this competition, so this is a fantastic achievement. We are now officially a TeenTech centre of Innovation and Creativity - Silver Standard.
The next step will be going for gold!
Head of School