Hundreds of aspiring engineering students joined sheet metal fabrication experts, KMF Precision Sheet Metal at Newcastle-under-Lyme college last week, for their Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) Semi-Final competition 2017. The project, which focuses this year on building, programming and testing real-life Lego Robotics, challenged 48 teams from Stoke and North Staffordshire schools to battle it out, in order to gain a place in the #YEOTY17 Final.
Throughout the day, teams competed in three Lego Matches and underwent a core values assessment. The highest score from their three Lego Matches were added to the core values rating, to give each team an overall competition score. The team with the highest score will represent their school in the final on the 16th June. The highest score of the two days was achieved by team 'Archive Minds' from Painsley Catholic College, acquiring an impressive 282 points. Download the complete Semi-Final Scoreboard from the red icon, below the photographs.
The core values section of the day tested teams on their communication, teamwork and organisation. Each team was asked to split into two sub-teams and were placed behind a separating wall. Here, the first team was given 1 minute to build a model from 12 random pieces of Lego. The second team were then challenged, within 90 seconds, to rebuild this model from instruction and conversation alone.
KMF's Operations Director, Keith Nicholl, judged the core value activity: "The genuine excitement and enthusiasm that the teams of young people displayed was exceptional and the comments from many teams, regarding the new relationships and friendships that were forged, were also very heartening. Team spirit and collaboration were definitely there to be seen."
Jason Bradbury, well-known for his time on the Gadget Show, attended the event for the fifth year and also surprised the 'most-improved' team of the day with a Lego Match against himself and his daughter. Jason also judged the #yeoty17 twitter competition, which rewarded the most creative tweet of the day with football tickets. (To check these out take a look at #yeoty17).
Student Kian Repsys from Biddulph High School, commented: "KMF's young engineer competition has been so much fun so far. I have made great friends, with people I previously never spent time with and feel it has given me a great opportunity to learn skills such as programming, which will be commonplace by the time I enter the workplace. Today is also the first time we can see how other schools are getting on, which has given us huge motivation to work even harder for the final".
We were also joined by all of our amazing YEOTY sponsors. Sarah Rigby, who represented Michelin at the event, commented: "This is the fourth year that Michelin have been involved in the YEOTY project. It is great to be working with a local school, linking manufacturing and engineering to hopefully recruit students for our future."
If you would like to attend KMF's Young Engineer Lego Project Final and witness our award-winning project in action, please register your attendance here.