KMF's Young Engineer of the Year Competition (YEOTY) 2017 introduces The Lego Project. The project works with FIRST® LEGO® League and Animal Allies and explores the relationship between people and animals, through the building, programming and testing of real-life robotics. The project challenges teams of students to solve a set of missions using Lego Robots, Animals and a LEGO-made game mat.
So far during YEOTY 2017, the Lego Project has launched in schools and two teams have been selected from each. Schools have also been provided with Lego kits, met their sponsors and started to build their robots. Yesterday however the competition got a little more serious, with a 'Rules of the Robot Game' Masterclass at Newcastle-under-Lyme College. During this session, all 24 schools and their sponsors were provided with the official robot game rules and educated on the games guiding principles and scoring system.
How do students win?
Teams compete against each other in a Match, where robots are launched one or more times from Base and attempt to complete as many missions as possible. Matches last 150 seconds.
An example of a mission students will tackle is 'Shark Shipment'. This requires students to program their robot to collect a LEGO shark from one area of the game mat and safely transport in to another space, finally dropping the LEGO animal into, you guessed it, a LEGO water tank.
Students are judged on two criteria. The first involves the successful completion of Lego Robot missions, where a different number of points are allocated to teams depending on factors such as level of difficulty and accuracy of actions. For example, using the Shark Shipment mission discussed earlier, 40 points are gained for successful execution. However, a greater amount of points can be gained if the shark touches the bottom of the tank and not the walls. This accuracy will give teams an additional 20 points.
The second area of assessment is referred to as Core Values. A major guiding principle of the LEGO game is gracious professionalism — This encourages teams to treat other teams with respect and honour the spirit of friendly competition. Students are evaluated against this dimension by observation throughout the day and a core value interview, where teams are presented with mystery tasks and their communication, team work and strategy graded.
Now rules have been established, the next stage of the competition will be the YEOTY17 Semi-Final on the 30th & 31st of March. Here, the two teams from each school will compete against each other in 3 rounds of the robot game, The highest scoring team will represent their school in the YEOTY17 Final.
For more information visit or YEOTY Pages or follow our social media pages: @kmfmetal, #YEOTY17