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28th September 2023
The Digital Health & Care Innovation Centre (DHI) was delighted to take part in the first Scottish TeenTech festival based at the University of Strathclyde on 30 August 2023.
S2 and S3 students from 20 schools came along for an exciting day on the campus, where over 25 different companies and university departments ran challenges and interactive stands, bringing the world of digital, science, technology, and engineering to life.
TeenTech events are regarded as an effective intervention at this crucial age just before students start to make subject choices, dispelling gender stereotypes and shifting perceptions of careers teenagers may have dismissed as too difficult or boring.
DHI led a design sprint activity to design a digital innovation to improve mental well-being with small groups of students. The chosen theme of mental well-being was linked to the #DigiInventors Challenge 2023. This year’s competition focuses on developing a digital health and care solution that uses SMART Technology to help young people’s mental health and well-being, especially when dealing with peer pressure or being bullied.
This 15-minute activity, which was delivered to multiple groups throughout the day, gave participants an introduction to the digital, entrepreneurial, and STEM skills required for a career in the digital health and care sector.
The design process led to some very interesting discussions and creative solutions by the young people, many of whom had a good understanding of the potential of digital technologies in a health and care context – we look forward to seeing what next year’s budding digital health and care experts come up with!
Learn more or participate in the #DigiInventors Challenge at: www.digiinventors.com