TeenTech teaches teens about industry life

On Tuesday 11th February, the NWCH and 5 Framework contractor partners supported the TeenTech Manchester event, delivering activities and engaging with approximately 140 Greater Manchester year 9 students.

Hosted by the University of Manchester, the TeenTech 2020 Manchester festival saw a host of sectors delivering activities to 300 students from across Greater Manchester, aiming to inspire their career aspirations and deliver wide ranging STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) activities.

The event comprised a full day of exciting activities, delivered by industry representatives and guided by STEM Ambassadors and University volunteers, where students rotated around three ‘zones’; Innovation, Insight, and Challenge.

Representatives from NWCH, along with Galliford Try, Kier, Laing O’Rourke, Engie, and Balfour Beatty delivered activities in the Challenge and Insight Zones as well as volunteering as STEM Ambassadors, guiding the students around their activities for the day.

In the Challenge Zone, Galliford Try, Kier and Laing O’Rourke ran a ‘STEMathon’ challenge whereby 10 students competed against one another to beat the clock. Students took part in 3 STEM challenges, which linked to roles in the construction industry, whilst recording their time to complete each ‘challenge’.

The winners of the group were those who completed the challenge in the shortest amount of time, winning themselves a toy hard hat. The activities involved were the Lego Tower, centred around planning and budgeting the costs of a construction project, straw bridge building, using straws and following a design brief to construct a bridge that can withstand a weight test, focusing on structural engineering and electronic snap circuits, using circuitry to showcase electrical engineering.

Many students commented that their favourite activity was the Lego Tower, with lots creating innovative structures and getting stuck into working out how long it would take them to earn back their investment.

In the Insight Zone, the NWCH had two tables hosted by Balfour Beatty, Engie, and Laing O’Rourke. Groups of 5 students at a time were able to visit each table and partake in short activities stimulating thought around careers in construction using the CIOB famous building fact matching game and MythBuster activity, as well as learning about technology in construction using tablets to look at powerlines; connecting electricity to power houses.

TeenTech run award winning initiatives across the UK to help young people understand the opportunities in contemporary industry and the skills they need to take advantage of them. To find out more about who they are and what they do, visit their site at https://www.teentech.com/

‘Bring on TeenTech 2021! A well organised, attended and delivered event that allowed Construction companies and NWCH to excel. Over 300 students visualised and participated within numerous activities within both the TeenTech Insight and Challenge Zones.

Within a dedicated construction room, 3 activities supported our collaborative goal as companies to ‘enhance the knowledge of careers within construction’. Tony Costello, Social Value Manager, Galliford Try

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