The KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition (YEOTY) 2017 introduces The LEGO Project.
KMF is working with FIRST® LEGO® League and Animal Allies to explore 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.
For YEOTY 2017, the LEGO Project has been 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.
The competition got a little more serious, with a 'Rules of the Robot Game' Masterclass at Newcastle-under-Lyme College when 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 will last 150 seconds.
An example of a mission students will tackle is 'Shark Shipment' which requires students to program their robot to collect a LEGO shark from one area of the game mat and safely transport 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 points are allocated on factors such as level of difficulty and accuracy of actions.
The second area of assessment is referred to as Core Values. A primary 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 to test their communication, teamwork and strategy.
Rules established the next stage of the competition will be the YEOTY17 Semi-Final in March when the two teams from each school will compete against in three rounds and the highest scoring team will represent their school in the YEOTY 2017 Final.
For more information visit or YEOTY Pages or follow our social media pages: @kmfmetal, #YEOTY17