STEM based careers are important in this modern economy, from sports equipment, transport and the medical industry. Through this competition students are given the opportunity to boost the skills needed to thrive in this modern sector of work.
This year’s ‘Young Engineer of the Year’ has been an exciting, fast paced competition that has tested students to create and develop their own fighting robot for a ‘Robot Wars’ style challenge. The competition has included team based tasks, presentations from the students and of course the battles where each group has had the opportunity to assess the capabilities of their work. The students involved with ‘Young Engineers of the Year’ have built working relationships with students and companies in a professional way.
The competition involves hard work from many companies, including KMF who run and organise this competition every year, Michelin who have been our school sponsors for the last two years giving practical assistance, advice and support to all pupils involved throughout. ‘Robo challenge’ the company that supervised all technical aspects of the battles and robot testing, are the company that produces the house robots for the BBC’s television programme Robot Wars.
Students were given the opportunity back in October to sign up and start building their randomly selected robot kit. Over the next few months students worked tirelessly after school to build, test and then develop their kit into a personalised and efficient machine.
The original two teams, ‘The Destroyers’ and ‘Circuit Breakerz’ worked alongside our school sponsors Michelin every week to complete their entry. Both teams were put through their paces at the semi-finals, with ‘The Destroyers’ coming in 8th place and ‘Circuit Breakerz’ winning the semi-final tournament overall against over 30 other school teams. The new and improved robot for Circuit Breakerz went on to win the Robot battle at the final at Newcastle Under Lyme College.
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