We are delighted again this year that some of our year 10 Design & Technology students are once again taking part in the KMF Young Engineer of the year project. The theme this year is supported by First Lego League and team are challenged to compete in the ‘Animal Allies Challenge’. Over the past 5 months two teams within school have been working together, both competing against each other and 25 other schools in the recent semi-final competition held at Newcastle-under-Lyme College.
Ben Ballard said: “It was fun to build a connection with my team. On the day of the semi-final it was great to meet the other teams and finally see all our hard work come together. The atmosphere of the competition was surprisingly calm and friendly. Our sponsors, Air Products, were very helpful and they have been so kind to have supplied us with the equipment needed to enter the competition. We are so proud that we came first on the day in our heat, we are now looking at ways to improve our score through developing the robots further and improving the performance of the programming we have created”.
Jacob Good, said: “The young engineering project has been a fun experience so far. We have learnt teamwork skills and made new friends. The sponsors have helped us with the design and programming of our robot and have also discussed a work experience opportunity with Air Products. I am hoping that next year I can be an ambassador for the new students.
Our team worked very well together on the team building task and the judges said we were the team to beat!”
The best performers from both teams have secured their position in the finals that will be held at Staffordshire University in June.