An award-winning, industry-led initiative, TeenTech was founded in 2008 by Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson to help the “X Factor” generation understand their true potential and the real opportunities available in the contemporary STEM workplace.
Partnership with the CILIP IL Group
The CILIP Information Literacy Group, in partnership with the TeenTech initiative, sponsors an award for 11-16 year olds that recognises excellence in research and information literacy. The Research and Information Literacy Award celebrates how well young people can dispel the ‘Google Generation’ myth and show that they can be truly information literate researchers as they explore their ideas to make life better, simpler or easier.
Winners of the award will have demonstrated their ability to search intelligently across a range of resources, including search engines like Google, make excellent judgements about the information they have found, and put it to ethical use in their project.
Resource sheets for pupils
In support of the TeenTech initiative, the CILIP Information Literacy Group has also produced a range of resource sheets that pupils taking part in the competition can use to help them with the research process and with gathering all the information (opinion, academic research and business perspectives) that they need to develop their own innovations.
Institutional support for TeenTech participants
The CILIP Information Literacy Group also coordinates institutional support for school pupils taking part in the TeenTech initiative, including access to resources and advice on finding and evaluating information. Library and information professionals volunteer their time to provide support for pupils’ projects.
Contact: Anne Foley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Contact should be made by the teacher. We would need at least 4 weeks notice for visits.
We are unable to provide walk-in access or borrowing rights but can provide booked visits for groups of up to 12 students. Students must be accompanied by a teacher or other responsible adult at all times. Teams may book a 60 to 90 minute session on researching their topic. Content will include a tour of the library, smart searching for Google and using Google Scholar, finding Open Access resources and introduction to the Access to Research initiative.
Visits must be during University vacation, dates of which can be found on the Unviersity's website.