KMF has recently launched the fourth Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) project at 22 high schools.
Following three highly successful projects, which have seen the company work with over 10,000 students, stimulating interest in the STEM subjects, (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) and developing the skills our next generation require for industry, the company reach for the stars with project number four.
Set to be a truly record-breaking achievement, KMF is challenging Year 10 students to take the best #Selfitude — Selfie in space! Participants will need to launch Go-Pro cameras into space and use tracking devices and techniques to calculate the landing point for retrieval.
Working alongside Alex Baker and Chris Rose from Sent Into Space, (the people behind the latest Specsavers advert, 'Teddy In Space'), this is what students will be looking to emulate.
Also supporting the project is RAF Cosford, who will host the primary mission in May at their museum grounds, where all the capsules will be launched.
Flight Officer Kathryn Clark is pleased to be involved with the project and comments, "As the home of engineering for the Royal Air Force, RAF Cosford is delighted to be involved in inspiring the future through supporting the YEOTY competition.
"The RAF is committed to working with UK industry and schools to bridge the skills gap through providing hands-on exposure to the wide range of exciting opportunities available within STEM careers. The opportunity for students to develop their teamwork, confidence and engineering skills reflects the ethos of our training here as part of the Defence College of Technical Training.
"This is an excellent opportunity to engage with young local talent and inspire them to follow a STEM career. We look forward to welcoming students for the balloon launch day at RAF Cosford in May."
To work with such a large number of students and schools, sponsor companies are engaged in the project to offer both financial and mentoring support. Sponsor companies are recruited from the local community as well as customers and suppliers KMF work with on a daily basis. Confirmed sponsors of this year's project consist of Staffordshire University, Michelin, Wrights Pies, Motiva, to name but a few.
Another keen supporter of the project is Channel 5's Jason Bradbury who presents The Gadget Show. Jason has been involved in the project since the launch in 2012 and has continued to support the program. Jason said: "Young Engineer of the Year is a truly remarkable project engaging young people in a fun and inspiring way, while at the same time highlighting the importance of engineering."
"I am proud to be involved in a project that is making a momentous difference to students and to be part of the great work KMF is carrying out with Stoke-On-Trent and Staffordshire schools."
The competition will conclude in July 2016, with a 'red carpet' Awards Ceremony for the students involved. We will keep you posted along the way.