Spread over two days, the techathon event consists of core challenges.
In teams, each group work on a challenge and come up with an innovative solution.
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Techathon is for anyone, from complete beginners to tech wizards.
The Techathon lets young people aged 8 to 18 explore the possibilities of technology in an informal and creative environment. Over the course of two days, each team takes on one of our challenges, trying out ideas, finding out what works and what doesn’t.
It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, expert mentors and even potential future employers. It’s a fun-packed event with the opportunity to learn new skills, make friends and even win prizes. Find out more in our FAQs.
Tickets for the two day event cost a maximum of £10, and include lunch, snacks and refreshments on both days.
There are four prizes: Idea, Teamwork, Awesomeness and Implementation.
Aviva will be judging the Idea category. They will be looking for how bold your idea is – and how well it solves the problem! The winning team will each receive an Inventor’s Kit for the BBC micro:bit. This Inventor’s Kit contains everything you need to complete 10 experiments including using LEDs, motors, LDRs and capacitors.
Almary Green will be judging the Teamwork category. They will be looking at how well you work together and communicate with each other, and how good the team is at planning and organisation. The winning team will receive family tickets to RAF Radar Museum at Neatishead. It’s a truly tech experience, especially the Cold War Operations Room with its screens and complex controls and the Tornado and Jaguar cockpits.
Microsoft will be judging the Awesomeness category. They want to see teams that are really creative and having fun! The winning team will each receive a Raspberry Pi experimenters kit: The raspberry pi experimenter’s kit is a handpicked collection of components to enable you to build your next dream technology project. This kit allows you to build your own animated voice agent. Plus a ReSpeaker 2-Mics Pi HAT – a dual-microphone expansion board for Raspberry Pi designed for AI and voice applications.
Barclays will be judging the Implementation category. Can your team keep going (even when things go wrong) as you take your idea and make it real? The winning team will each receive an Amazon Echo Dot – a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses far-field voice recognition. Dot has a small built-in speaker and uses the Alexa Voice Service.
What is the Techathon?
A two day event where young people have fun exploring tech and taking on tech challenges.
Who is the Techathon for?
Young people aged 8-18 who are not yet at university and are interested in tech.
Does my child need to know how to program or have any technology experience?
No, the Techathon is for anyone, from complete beginners to tech wizards. The challenges are designed to let everyone take part and approach them in their own way – whether that’s thinking about ways to tackle a problem, designing a possible solution, building something in Scratch or taking on some advanced coding. There will be friendly, professional mentors on hand to help.
What will my child get out of attending the Techathon?
They can find out about different technologies, and learn from each other and from mentors who are already working in the tech industry. It’s not just about programming / coding – there’s the opportunity to develop other skills like understanding how to approach a challenge and work in a team. It’s also a chance to make friends and have fun.
Does my child need to be part of a team?
Participants can tackle challenges on their own or as part of a team of up to four people. You can come with your friends as a ready-made team, or we can help put you into a team with other young people. Please let us know if you need help teaming up, contact us.
Do parents / guardians need to be there?
If your child is 12 or under, you must accompany them to the Techathon. Participants aged 13 or over can attend on their own, provided we have details of an emergency contact. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the initial introductory session and the final show-and-tell / prize-giving!
How much will attending the Techathon cost?
A two day ticket costs £10, which includes lunch / snacks / refreshments for the young person. If cost is a problem for you, please contact us – we can provide a free ticket thanks to the support of our sponsors. Tickets are free for members of the Norwich Young Makers Tech Club. You can get tickets online.
Be challenged and supported by real industry experts from around the county and further afield.
Techathon has space for up to 80 young people aged 8-18 and is open to boys and girls.
There will be prizes for the best creative solutions – the competition isn’t just about coding, but also being creative, designing, inventing and working well as a team. Come with an open mind to learn more and don’t expect everything to go right first time – some of the best learning comes from making mistakes and overcoming setbacks!
Work on the challenges must end by 3pm on Wednesday 26th October. Parents / guardians are very welcome to join us in the Refectory to see what everyone has made. This will then be followed by the Award Ceremony in the Auditorium where the winning teams will receive their prizes.
Tuesday, October 25
9:00 Doors open for registration in the Blake Studio
9:30 Introductions followed by a brief walk to the Refectory
10:30 Techathon begins
16:00 Doors close (you can continue creating at home if you wish!)
Wednesday, October 26
9:00 Doors open in the Refectory
15:00 Non-staying parents/guardians invited to see what everyone has made
16:00 Awards ceremony in the Blake Studio
17:00 Event closes
71a The Close,
NR1 4DD, UK
Step Into Tech CIC
Hill Crest, Hill House Road,
NR14 7EE, UK,
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The Techathon is organised by Step into Tech, a not-for-profit that aims to help young people reach their full tech potential. Step into Tech also runs the Norwich Young Makers Tech Club. The individuals running the event are DBS-checked.