TeenTech is an award-winning, industry-led initiative, co-founded by Maggie Philbin OBE (BBC Tomorrow’s World) and Chris Dodson OBE. TeenTech runs initiatives across the UK for young people aged 8-18, focusing on science, technology, research and innovation. ILG Chair Jane Secker, Deputy Chair Lisa Jeskins, School Libraries Rep Rebecca Jones and Advocacy and Outreach Officer Stéphane Goldstein were part of the judging team on the day.
ILG and LILAC committee members are involved in judging the Research and Information Literacy Award, which is awarded to pupils in the 13-16 age range for the way they approach their research, their use of resources and expert opinion to inform their idea. ILG has developed a set of resources to support students undertaking research, which cover the whole range of information literacy activities, from how to use search engines to protecting your own intellectual property. This award was won by The Ladies College for their project creating a device to identify sugars in foods.
The ILG panel also judged the Research Project Award, which is awarded in the 16-18 age category for a piece of original research. This award was won by Oakham School for their project looking at the under-representation of women in computer science. The group invited CILIP School Libraries Group Chair Caroline Roche as their VIP guest to the awards; she was delighted to attend and also to see how the awards highlight the value of school libraries.
ILG has recently launched an alternative set of the Research Smarter guides, which are available for all school librarians and teachers to use to support the development of information literacy in young people.