Monday, 30 December 2013


Institute of Directors, Surrey

The Surrey branch of the Institute of Directors has around 3,000 members from over 60 different industry sectors working in companies ranging from sole traders to national and global corporations. IoD Surrey organises an active programme of inspirational and value business events across the County. With more than 20% of the membership operating in the STEM arena, IoD Surrey wash instrumental in bringing Teen Tech to Surrey and is delighted to be sponsoring the event for the second year running.

So What?!
Janet Preston, IoD Surrey Education Liaison said: "With the current Government’s priorities shifting the balance of the UK economy towards manufacturing and engineering, the need for STEM graduates is acute. At the heart of this dilemma is the need to encourage students to pursue STEM GCSE and A levels - and Teen Tech is tailored made to help do this. It shows our young people that there are many and varied careers in science, engineering, technology and maths that are exciting; well-paid and just applicable to women as they are to men”.

Friday, 27 December 2013


Surrey Connects

Surrey Connects is an independent, business-led economic development company working in partnership to stimulate enterprise growth across Surrey. We are champions of Smart Economic Growth and our aim is to increase the value of the economy and promote Surrey as a world-class economy. Together we share a vision of Surrey as a county where knowledge, creativity and innovation drive economic growth to improve prosperity and quality of life for all.
Surrey Connects believes that we need to innovate and create the jobs of tomorrow so that we maintain one of the best standards of living in the UK. However, the very things which make Surrey an attractive location in which to live and work are the same things which constrain its growth. Therefore, we have adopted a sustainable approach across all our activities. Smart Economic Growth is our strategy to drive economic growth through knowledge, innovation and creativity. It's about extracting ‘more for less’. It means using technology and innovative ways of working to increase productivity without damaging the quality of life or the environment in Surrey.
In our view, economic growth and sustainable development must go hand in hand in order to protect the quality of life for future generations as well as for today. Surrey Connects will optimise the potential of people, land, space and technology. Our strategy is about investing in skills and innovation to increase our productivity so that we can all share in the benefits of a strong, prosperous economy and a high quality of life.
As part of our strategy for Smart Economic Growth, Surrey Connects is delighted to be sponsoring Surrey TeenTech for the second year running.

So What?!
Mark Pearson, CEO Surrey Connects said: 'It is critical that Surrey's future generations of entrepreneurs, innovators and business leaders are shown what is on offer to them across the vast array of businesses that are already based in the Surrey area. And it is vital that we continue as the current generation of business leaders to provide the opportunities to the younger generations and this is why we are delighted to be supporters of TeenTech Surrey.'

Thursday, 26 December 2013



In 2013 CBSbutler is the Headline Sponsor for the Surrey TeenTech event, having first supported it in 2012. In addition they have been providing headline support to SATRO’s Summer Festival of Science for several years – in total therefore they are enabling over 800 young people a year to be inspired by science, technology, engineering and maths.
CBSbutler is a specialist recruitment company which covers the complete spectrum of technical and functional job disciplines for engineering, manufacturing and technology-based organisations. A comprehensive range of recruitment services is offered including contract/temporary staffing, contingency permanent recruitment, retained search and selection, and managed services/RPO. In addition the company offers a range of complementary and value-added services including; testing and assessment, training and coaching for hiring managers and professional guidance on legal/employment matters. The company caters for all levels of experience from apprenticeships and graduates, through to a wide range of blue and white collar grades, and finally senior management and executive positions. Today CBSbutler serves a diverse range of organisations from blue-chip multi-nationals, to high growth SMEs together with a wide geographical reach including EU, USA, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Asia and Far East.

So What?!
David Leyshon, Managing Director, CBSbutler said: “ If we are to stand any chance in addressing the growing shortages in UK engineers and scientists it is vital that we first address things at grass roots level. High profile events and stimulating challenges are invaluable in building young peoples’ enthusiasm and interest in STEM, and in doing so influencing their subject and career choices. That is why CBSbutler is such a passionate supporter of charity organisations such as SATRO and TeenTech.”

Monday, 23 December 2013


IMA Maths Careers are working with the Citi Money Gallery at the British Museum and asking you to design a currency for Earth as part of 2013: Mathematics of Planet Earth. You must produce an A4 poster to pitch your idea for a single global currency to the 'Bank of planet Earth'. Prizes will be awarded to the best design in each age category!

The closing date for entries to the competition is midnight on 15th January, 2014. Entries received after that date will not be accepted, displayed or judged.

Friday, 20 December 2013


...that is the question! After grilling the teachers at senior, junior and nursery schools, in both the private and state sectors, to find out what they really covet at Christmas time, The Good Schools Guide have composed a 'top ten gifts for teachers'. From Gift cards to potted plants, The Good Schools Guide have concluded that home-made cards showing a child's true appreciation will be far more treasured by their teacher than a 'World's Greatest Teacher' mug!

Top Ten Gifts For Teachers
1. Anything home-made
2. Booze
3. A potted plant
4. Gift tokens
5. Christmas tree decorations
6. Chocolates
7. Organise a collection
8. Something ethnic
9. Compose a poem or a song
10. Note Cards

Thursday, 19 December 2013


8 A's at GCSE and in year 12? First in your family to go to Uni? Sponsored one week summer school in US available.

The Sutton Trust US programme provides bright, state school students a taste of life at an American university. The programme is centred on a one week summer school in the US (based at either MIT, Yale University or Harvard, our new host campus) with introductory events and application support in the UK before and after.

Applications for the 2014 Programme are now open!

Click here for details.

Monday, 9 December 2013


KS3 students at Reigate School tested their maths skills when they participated in a Jaguar Cars 'Maths in Motion' challenge. Using bespoke software to calibrate a virtual racing car, the teams had to calculate measurements of distance, angles and speed potential of a race track in order to program their racing car for optimum performance. Teamwork played a vital part in calculating the right formula for success. The challenge reached its climax with the teams competing in a Grand Prix style race. Students and teachers agreed that the workshop was an exciting and practical way in which to consolidate maths skills linked to the real world.

"It shows that maths isn't all sums and it can be helpful in real life situations. It also shows it's really important," commented a student.

Thanks to Mr Peter Lambell, former SCC Councillor, who sponsored this event.

Lingfield Numeracy Day

45 students from Blenheim High, Reigate and Oxted Schools were at Lingfield seeing how maths is used in the real world. In this case, a racecourse on raceday. Ex-jockey Olly McPhail showed them the weighing room, parade ring and jumps. And entertained them with stories from when he raced.

Thursday, 5 December 2013


150 Year 3 pupils at Ravenscote Junior School in Frimley enjoyed an investigation science workshop discovering the properties of materials. As an introduction to a Packaging Challenge, the children had to identify the different properties of materials and think about how those materials are used in everyday life. They looked at various types of product packaging and then made their own box to wrap up a meringue nest choosing from a selection of protective materials; to test their choice of packaging, the boxes were sent through a simulated postal system. The children then re-opened their box to discover if their packaging had been successful - of the 150 meringues, there was a 95% unbroken success rate.

One teacher commented, “A great session! Very engaging, the children loved it and it put learning into a real life context.”

"I feel more confident and understanding about science and I would like to be a scientist when I am older," said a pupil, and another remarked, "It has made me feel confident and if I become a postman I will make sure not to smash the packaging."

This event was sponsored by Surrey County Councillor Mr David Ivison. SATRO and the school are very grateful for his support.