Working in partnership with schools in socially and economically deprived areas of the FCE (France Channel England) region, the EWWD Med-Tech Challenge will engage students aged 11-15 in a ground-breaking technology competition.
The early development of aspiration in young people is key to success in encouraging social mobility and removing barriers to employment. The EWWD MedTech Challenge aims to foster a culture of ambition in the rapidly developing MedTech field.
From January 2022 students from 200 Schools from across Northern France and South East and South West England will use a suite of specially created resources to design a medical technology invention that they believe could improve the life of someone suffering from a disease or illness.
They will then be invited to compete in regional heats where they pitch their ideas to a ‘Dragons Den’ style panel of business leaders, innovators, local politicians and Med-Tech professionals.
The series of pitch events across the country will culminate in an exciting grand final where one winner will be chosen to receive the honour of seeing a prototype of their concept developed by HexTransforma Healthcare and partners.
Inspiring young people to value the importance of learning digital skills and the opportunity of using technology in healthcare, is more vital than ever. STEM Learning is delighted to support this Med-Tech challenge, offering secondary schools pupils and teachers, the opportunity to engage with role models, STEM Ambassadors, from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, allowing pupils to explore new innovative solutions to current and emerging healthcare issues.
- Dr Ajay Sharman, Regional Lead STEM Learning
- Deliver Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5
- Generate employment aspiration and ambition in young people
- Broaden perspective of the broad range of career opportunities in the Med-Tech field
- Establish connections between local enterprise and schools
- Improve social mobility in deprived communities
- Deliver economic efficiency and productivity gains
- Encourage international cooperation
- Present one lucky winner with an exclusive opportunity to see their idea come to life
The EWWD Med-Tech Challenge will take place from January 2022
If you are a Teacher or Careers Advisor in a school in the FCE region and would like your school to participate in the EWWD Med-Tech Challenge register your interest.
We are an academy in Exeter, Devon and are looking to expand our students' engagement with employment opportunities and this competition sounds like a fantastic opportunity.
- Teacher of Mathematics, West Exe School
A really fascinating challenge and one which I know students will be thrilled to participate!
- Principal, Oasis Academy
Volunteer as a mentor or judge
Ignite your competitive spirit in a fun and exciting project and provide mentoring for your local school or volunteer to judge the entries. By sharing your knowledge and expertise you have the opportunity to inspire the next generation of innovative problem solvers and game changers.
As a mentor, you will work alongside student teams, providing knowledge and advice to help them work through the product conceptualisation and design process. We will be pairing mentors with teams based on shared interests and relevant experience to help the teams reach the grand finale.
As a judge, you will be invited to evaluate the work of the students during local heats, judging the presentation, asking questions based on your own expertise and providing constructive feedback on their idea.
Does this sound like you?