KMF Group held its 7th Young Engineer of the Year competition, with a special guest hosting its semi-final 'Robot Wars' showdown
1st. April 2019
KMF, the leading metal fabrication and CNC machining firm, first launched its Young Engineer of the Year competition in 2013 to encourage students in to STEM subjects. It has reached more than 25,000 students, worked with over 50 sponsor organisations and invested more than £625,000. Previous competitions' projects have included sending scientific experiments into space, building and racing electric kit-cars and Lego® Robotics.
This year, KMF Group are working with previous Robot Wars champions and production crew members to help inspire the next generation of technology-led engineers. Robot Rivalry, the seventh annual Young Engineer of the Year competition will challenge year 10 students from 16 Stoke & Staffordshire high schools to design, build and battle real-life robots.
After 6 months of hard work designing, fabricating, wiring and programming battle robots, 32 teams attended a semi-final battle, hosted by previous 'The Gadget Show' host Jason Bradbury, and went head-to-head to gain a place at the final battle taking place in July 2019.
The day consisted of 3 rounds in the battle arena and a core values assessment where each team was assessed on characteristics such as team identity, efficiency, collaboration and inclusion. Emergency repairs took place outside under a gazebo on behalf of the KMF Apprentices, where teams could go and have their robots altered and fixed after battles ready for the next round.
The Robot Rivalry project hopes to utilise the excitement of robotics to provide education in design, art, electronics, hydraulics, general engineering and of course, team building and hopes to inspire local students into STEM careers.
Main Sponsors of the competition, Robo Challenge, elevate the art of robotics for the entertainment and advertising industries and were heavily involved with both the pre-production and operation of each rebooted series of Robot Wars. Other local organisations supporting the initiative include NSCG, Staffordshire University, Capula, Air Products, HOBB Computers and QPS Print.
Managing Director of KMF Group, Gareth Higgins, commented: "'We are hugely excited to have Robo Challenge on board for our latest YEOTY Competition. We have worked with the company before, assisting with the fabrication of their award-winning robots and it is clear the challenge will provide an exciting opportunity for the students to gain valuable, real-world engineering experience.
"The robots that competed in the final we're brilliant, some genius designs, and the buzz that followed each battle was contagious!"