Science presenter Maggie Philbin: Guest Blog
November 20, 2013

Hi, Maggie Philbin here. Recently I was in the studio recording an audio guide for Living Paintings’  Touch to See book ‘Ka-Boom: a guide to the Universe’ which is all about making astronomy accessible to blind teenagers.

I was happy to help as I am passionate about science, technology and engineering and inspiring and motivating young people to get involved in these subjects. Listen to my specially recorded message to find out more about my involvement with the TeenTech initiative to get young people creating and inventing.

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Do you want to get involved in the TeenTech Awards? Are you an innovator? Do you have an idea which could make life easier, simpler or better? The TeenTech Awards wants you to use your imagination and to think creatively. The TeenTech Awards are for UK students from 11-16 (Years 7 to 11) working in teams of up to three to look at problems large and small to see if they can find a better way of doing things. There will be a prize of £1000 to the winning school in each category.

Click here to find out more about the TeenTech Awards

Here are some links to the young engineers, scientists and designers that I talked about in the audio clip. Visit their websites to find out more about their projects – they might inspire you to think and create your own invention.

Imagine replacing all concrete paving slabs with a low-carbon alternative that could power the lights in a building? Every time someone walks over a Pavegen tile, renewable energy is harvested from the footstep. The technology converts the kinetic energy to electricity which can be stored and used for a variety of applications, including charging your mobile phone.

Speaking of mobiles, Dave Hakkens has invented ‘a new kind of phone that is worth keeping’. Phoneblocks is a modular phone with a universal base and add on components, that you can even customize. To get his idea heard about by as many people as possible Dave is using Thunderclap the first crowd-speaking platform that enables people to donate their social reach to causes and ideas that they believe in via social media.

Click here to borrow ‘Ka-Boom: a guide to the Universe’ or telephone 01635 299771.

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