Young Engineer Of The Year 2017
After four successful years, our Young Engineer of the Year competition is back in 2017 with The Lego Project.
This year we challenge Year 10 students at local schools to unleash their creativity and build, program and test real-life robotics technology.
Despite a variety of annual challenges, the project's aim remains the same: to bring together education and industry, to raise aspirations and career development in engineering and to enliven STEMsubjects. Of course, KMF also hopes to find some of our future apprentices.
The 7-month scheme begins with Year 10 students forming two teams of seven pupils. They are presented with their Lego kits and get two training sessions from allocated sponsors. The youngsters are then left to begin building their Lego robots.
In March 2017 the semi-finals see the best school teams compete against each other. The winning teams then meet to decide on the winner of the competition, with the final held at Staffordshire University.
Excitingly, this may not be the end for the winning team, who then get the opportunity to go forward to compete in the First Lego League in America!
This year the KMF competition has attracted a record number of 26 local high schools and the teams will work alongside Newcastle-Under-Lyme College and Staffordshire University to create their Lego robots.
As always, each school is matched with a sponsor, who provide support and mentoring. This year's sponsors include Michelin, Air Products and HSBC.
The Lego Project not only helps students gain valuable technological skills but also nurtures communication, team building and friendly competition.
Follow the journey on Twitter (@kmfmetal) and check updates using #YEOTY17.