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APS Students Win TeenTech Award

On Monday 26th June I was very proud to accompany Jamie Toeg and Ted Proctor and their project BEBL to the TeenTech finals. Jamie and Ted have been working on BEBL all year, it is a biometric, electromagnetic bike lock – BEBL!

They have researched & designed this themselves and even made a prototype biometric switch and low power electromagnet. During the process, they have been in touch with STFC and Maplin. Maplin showed great interest in the invention.

TeenTech runs the year-round initiative with leading industry partners to challenge young people aged 11-18 to develop solutions to key societal, health and environmental issues using the power of science, technology and engineering.

BEBL was awarded a gold TeenTech award for their project and invited to the finals at the royal society where they would compete against the other top projects in their category.

The winning projects were chosen by a panel of judges made up of celebrities, journalists and eminent academics, including BBC technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC Click reporter Kate Russell and Scientist and TV Presenter Fran Scott. Dragon’s Den host Evan Davis, Channel 4’s Dr Christian Jessen, Sky presenter Gemma Morris, and celebrity physicist Brian Cox, also met students on the day.

and the judges said…


Alexandra Park School for BEBL - A biometric bike lock that lets riders 'stick' their bike to any metal surface using electromagnets.

BEBL won the security category! Jamie and Ted were deservedly chuffed with the trophy and £150 of iTunes vouchers, and it made me even more proud. Since returning to school the judges from Symantec have been in touch asking Jamie and Ted if they would like further support to take the idea forward!  Look out for BEBL in your local bike stores in the near future!

Also as champions they will be invited to a reception with His Royal Highness the Duke of York KG at Buckingham Palace in the autumn term!

TeenTech co-founder and Tomorrow’s World presenter Maggie Philbin OBE says: “This is the fifth annual TeenTech Awards and we’re constantly blown away by the standard of entries. 2017 has been no exception and we’re seeing again how with the right support and encouragement, young people are more than capable of shaping their own future. The Awards are without doubt the highlight of the TeenTech calendar and really sum up what we’re about: embracing creative talent; putting youngsters face-to-face with industry professionals; and inspiring them to see the power and potential of their ideas. It’s also exciting to see the girls continuing to buck STEM traditions by leading the way.”

Link to TeenTech website
Also featured in the Evening Standard

Teen Tech was a fantastic experience for us in many ways.  It allowed us to take what we had learned in the classroom and put it into practice in real life, which we would normally never get a chance to do.  It encouraged us to expand our horizon and not think about if the idea is possible but when the idea could become possible, which allowed us to develop BEBL. 

When we were designing BEBL we encountered a lot of problems and had to think like engineers.  When a problem was fixed 2 new ones arose and we had to troubleshoot our problems.  We feel like our CAD skills have definately developed and we had to master new software, such as SolidWorks and Arduino coding, which is all very useful in STEM and science-related careers.

TeenTech has been great for us because it allowed us to design our own idea from start to finish.  On the award day we could collaberate with other schools and learn about their projects.  It was a great opportunity to have a look at what could be the ideas of the future and meet students with similar interests.

In the future we hope that BEBL will become a real product.  We received an enormous amount of compliments and some great new ideas which we think could help take BEBL into the market, all while enjoying a fantastic day at the Royal Society.

Jamie, TeenTech Winner
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