Congratulations to S Brittain, W Czyblis, J Walklet, L Aldridge, O Deaville, A Hammersley, T J Wilson, J Murphy on the success of their amazing (and highly dangerous) robot.

The final was held at Newcastle-under-Lyme College on Monday 1st July with special guest Mike Bushell from the BBC Breakfast Show filming for a Saturday morning slot. They filmed various parts of the day and this will be aired on the 3rd August. Jason Bradbury from TVs Gadget Show was there providing entertainment throughout the day and also presenting the awards.

The team have worked incredibly hard all year to design and build their robot for the competition. This took place in an after school club on Tuesdays in the Design and Technology department so the students gave up a lot of their free time.

On the day, the team had to deliver a presentation to judges talking them through the ‘design and make’ process of the robot in great detail, explaining why certain decisions were made. They impressed the judges so much with their knowledge they won the award for ‘Best Design’ one of only four awards up for grabs. This is a fantastic achievement considering the amount of schools participating and it goes to show that hard work and effort can pay off.

The annual competition is organised and run by local company KMF in order to inspire young engineers and to find the most talented and gifted students. This year, students were given the demanding task of designing a robot to take part in a gladiator style arena battle. This was overseen by the creators of BBC’s Robot Wars show who provided support to all of the teams throughout. Our robot had a flipper mechanism and two spinning cutting discs nicknamed the ‘discs of death’.

A big thank you goes to our sponsor Pete Harbron at ‘Hobb computers’ for providing us with the robot kits and attending the after school club every week to support the students. We now look forward to working with him again for the YEOTY 2020 competition.