Young Engineer of the Year 2017 challenged Year 10 pupils to design, build and program real-life robots from scratch using pieces of Lego. They then had to race against the clock to get the machines to complete animal themed tasks on a pre-designed First Lego League competition board. The idea was to give students a realistic idea of what a future career in engineering could entail by setting them a real-life brief over a nine-month period.
Jason Bradbury, best known for his time presenting Channel 5's 'The Gadget Show', hosted the event and also took on a LEGO Robot battle of his own in the final tournament, competing against a team of KMF engineering apprentices.
The overall winner of the Young Engineer of the Year was the team from Endon High. Endon's Design and Technology teacher, Mr S Mitchell, said: "KMF's Young Engineer programme has captured the imagination of a group of students and inspired them in a way I could not have imagined."
The robot challenge was just one element of the competition. Young people were also measured on teamwork skills and had to deliver a presentation to a group of judges, based on an animal problem they had been given.
A seven-strong squad from Ormiston Meridian Academy Sandon, came up with an environmentally-friendly product to help solitary bees find somewhere to nest, which later won them the award of 'Project Presentation'.
The Lego Project is being supported by First Lego League and Institution of Electrical Engineering.
The Awards Included:
- Core Values — Alsager High School
- Robot Design — St Thomas More
- Best Project Presentation — Ormiston Meridian Academy Sandon
- Best Robot Game — Alsager High School
- Robot Game Runner up — Painsley Catholic College
- Overall Winner — Endon High
Visit our Institution of Electrical Engineering to view the photographs from this event.
- September 2016: Presentations are given to all 24 participating secondary schools, detailing previous YEOTY competitions and this year's Lego project. Schools are matched with sponsors and select their teams.
- October 2016: All schools attend launch days at Newcastle-under-Lyme College, where the students and sponsors are introduced to the League Robots and the First Lego League challenge. After an engaging demonstration, students spend the remainder of the session starting to build the Animal Allies Lego kits.
- November 2016: Training sessions are provided at Newcastle College's Lego Innovation Studio. During sessions, sponsors and teachers receive critical guidance on how to programme robots and the rules and penalties of the Lego League Challenge.
- January 2017: Schools and sponsors attend a 'Rules of Robot Games' master class at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.
- March 2017: Semi-Final at Newcastle-under-Lyme College
- June 2017: Final Tournament is held at Staffordshire University, hosted by Jason Bradbury
- As part of this year's sponsorship package every school will have the opportunity to enter next year's FLL competition with the aim of reaching the world finals in the USA.