Inspiring a new generation of innovators

Posted by ew205 at Apr 30, 2018 01:06 PM |
Leicester Professor uses discovery of a king under a car park to communicate the wonder of science

Issued by University of Leicester

Issue date: 30 April 2018

A Professor from the University of Leicester is inspiring the next generation of innovators.

University of Leicester Honorary Graduate and former Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin has invited Professor Turi King, Professor of Public Engagement, to be part of her Teen Tech events, inspiring Tomorrow’s innovators.

TeenTech helps young people understand the opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries, no matter what their gender or social background. The lively, focussed age appropriate initiatives help young people 8-18 understand their potential and raise their aspirations

Professor King will take part in the TeenTech events at the Emirates stadium on April 30 and May 1. The event is hosted by Dr Philbin and attended by Matt Hancock , Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. Over 750 young people will be attending.

Professor King said: “I am passionate about science and in sharing and communicating this passion so that young people are inspired to achieve and realise their full potential. By sharing the wonder of science, I hope many more people are excited by the world of opportunities it presents.”

Professor King will be hosting an exhibition on Richard III – the University led the archaeological discovery of Richard III under a car park in Leicester and undertook the scientific work that confirmed his identity. The exhibit will include a 3D printed model of the Plantagenet king.

The discovery of Richard III captured the imagination of a nation.

Professor King, who led the genetics work in identifying the mortal remains of the king, will tell the story of the discovery. In the exhibition, the genetics and biology of the infamous monarch are revealed as the archaeological difficulties underlying the entire project are also laid bare.

Professor King will also showcase a step-by-step guide on how to extract DNA – from a strawberry.

She said: “The public will have heard about how DNA is used and it’s very popular to have DNA analysed for ancestry testing or health. Few people have actually seen DNA, so I have produced a video that will actively engage audiences. The video showcases how easy it is for people to see DNA for themselves, and get involved in a fun way.”


Note for Editors

The TeenTech Festival is taking place over Monday 30th April (TeenTech City of Tomorrow) and Tuesday 1st May (TeenTech London – Press Day). The Tuesday session ends at 3pm.

Video and stills from the first day of the festival (Monday’s TeenTech City of Tomorrow) will be available to the media. (Karen Thomas – 07967 320944)  The VNR includes shots/stills of younger pupils (aged 8-12) from 20 schools across the UK unveiling their own ideas for the ‘connected city of the future’ and meeting Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

The TeenTech City of Tomorrow Initiative is sponsored by Microsoft and Atkins. It challenges students to consider how to make their city smarter, safer and kinder.

The TeenTech London event is made possible by leading industry partners including: Bank of England, City of London Corporation, QML, Symantec and ConnectWise.

About TeenTech

TeenTech is an award winning, industry-led initiative, co-founded by Maggie Philbin OBE (BBC Tomorrow’s World) and Chris Dodson OBE. The first TeenTech ran in the Thames Valley in 2008.

It uses insight from its events to shape its engagements around the country – its research shows that experiential challenges effectively change perceptions and provide a valuable insight into future jobs at a time when subject choices at school are most important.

At the London event in 2017, 65% of girls arrived ‘fairly or very interested’ in a career in technology, which changed to 81% by the end of the day.

Companies attending TeenTech City

Accenture, Atkins, Bank of England, Creative Skillset, Cummins, DCMS, FDM Group, Gensler, GSK, Heathrow airport, Institute of Engineering Designers, Imperial College London, JVCKenwood, Microsoft, Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Symantec, Tarmac, Thames Water, Transport for London, Queen Mary College University of London, University of Warwick, University of Chichester, Wellcome Genome Campus, Women’s Engineering Society and Young Rail Professionals.

Sponsored by City of London, Bank of England, Queen Mary University of London, ConnectWise and Symantec.

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