Longitude Explorer judging panel at Technopop
Last week Thursday and Friday were busy and exciting days for our Longitude Explorers. They made their way to Technopop in London, in order to present their final prototypes to the LEP judges.
Technopop is a festival of science, technology, design & innovation for young people. Taking advantage of a great venue - the community's Recreation Centre in energetic Brixton - Technopop engaged young visitors in STEM under the main theme of 'Sports Science & The Human Body'.
Throughout two days, Nesta’s Explorers had the opportunity to engage with an exciting mix of activities and workshops provided by Technopop and partners which included:
- physical and competitive challenges with Classroom Medics and local sports clubs such as tennis2bee, Fit4Sport and Cage cricket
- tech and programming workshops with VEX Robotics, It is 3D and RAF SKYTECH
- science activities run by Kings College London, Sphere Science, John Wood Science
- life-skills and career talks from Founders4Schools, Augmented Vacancies, Lambeth College and South Bank UTC
But the main purpose of this event was to give our semi-finalists a chance to present their prototypes. Since March, school teams have been busy finalising workbooks, which involved researching satellite data, the market potential for their idea and finally, designing and creating the prototype.
Each team had 20 minutes to pitch their product in front of the judging panel. Among great ideas and working prototypes, judges saw apps analysing soil moisture, wristbands tracking elderly people with dementia, online platform connecting new university students or fitness apps planning and analysing your workout.
More than 40 teams presented their prototypes and judges were very impressed by the creativity, passion and huge amount of thoughtfulness that all of the students put into their work for the Prize and the presentations. The panels agreed it will be a very difficult decision to select the 10 finalists.
After completion of assessment process, the official announcement of 10 finalists will be made in early September. The top 10 teams will be then invited to the award ceremony in October where the winner and two runners-up will be announced.
In the meantime we’d like to wish all the students and teachers a wonderful summer holiday. See you in September!