Step into Tech Youth Techathon

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.

When: April 12-13, 2018. Please note that this is NOT an overnight event – participants will leave by 4pm on April 12 and return the following day.

Where: Norwich School, 71a The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DD. Registration takes place in the Blake Studio auditorium – look out for signs at the school entrance on the left hand side of the main entrance to Norwich Cathedral.


Thursday, April 12

09:00 Doors open for registration in the Blake Studio

09:30 Introductions followed by a brief walk to the Refectory

10:30 Techathon begins

12:00 Lunch

16:00 Doors close (you can continue creating at home if you wish!)

Friday, April 13

09:00 Doors open in the Refectory

12:00 Lunch

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

Please note that children aged 12 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are 13 or over, we will need an emergency contact name and number to allow you to stay unaccompanied.

If you have any special needs, dietary requirements or other concerns please contact usbefore booking your tickets.

Please note that by purchasing tickets you are giving permission for us to take pictures / videos which we may use in our marketing materials. If you do not wish to give consent, please contact us.

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.

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.

My child has special needs, can he or she attend? Our aim is to be accessible to all. If your child has special needs or dietary requirements, or if you have any other concerns, please contact us before booking your tickets.

Do I need to bring any equipment? You will need access to a computer. If you have a laptop, Raspberry Pi (including keyboard, mouse and monitor) or other portable device bring that along. If you need to borrow a laptop or Raspberry Pi please contact us as we have a limited number available to loan out.

What happens about food at the event? Lunch, snacks and refreshments for participants are included in the cost of the ticket (even the free tickets for Tech Club members!). Parents / guardians will need to make their own arrangements – we suggest bringing a packed meal. Water, tea and coffee will be available for all!

What are the prizes? That depends on the generosity of our sponsors. 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!

When and where is the Techathon? April 12-13, 2018 – during the Easter holidays – at Norwich School in Norwich Cathedral Close.

Does my child need to stay overnight? No, the Techathon runs between 9am and 4pm April 12 and from 9am to 5pm on April 13. If you do not live locally you will need to make your own arrangements for accommodation.

Does my child need to stay for the whole event? Most participants will want to stay for the whole event. But there’s no need to do so; some younger children may want to take a break away from the event during the day.

Can I park at Norwich School? Unfortunately there are no public parking spaces available at Norwich School. You will need to make your own arrangements to park in one of the city’s public car parks or to travel in using Park & Ride. You may also want to check for bus services stopping at Norwich Tombland, just outside Norwich School.

I’d like to help – what can I do? Putting on the Techathon costs a lot of money and relies on the support of volunteers who freely give their time and our sponsors. If you are a tech expert or have other skills to offer, or if you would like to sponsor the event, please contact us.

Who is the Techathon organised by? 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.

Where can I find out more? If you have any questions, please contact us.

Do you have questions about Step into Tech Youth Techathon? Contact Step into Tech
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