College hosts semi-final of schools ‘Robot Challenge’

Newcastle-under-Lyme College (NULC) is hosting the semi-finals of the KMF Young Engineer of the Year (YEOTY) Project 2017 which will be held on Thursday 30 and Friday 31 March.

The competition, in its 5th year, aims to bring together education and employers with a view to raising aspirations and career development in the field of engineering.  Year 10 pupils from local high schools will be attending NULC for the semi-final LEGO® Education Robot Challenge, accompanied by industry sponsors from local, national and international companies.

Over the course of two days, pupils from 24 local schools will compete in head-to-head Robot Challenges to secure a coveted place at the event final. The semi-final is a key date in the KMF YEOTY 2017 LEGO® Education robotics challenge and is designed to encourage students to unleash their engineering creativity.

Event co-ordinator Andy Snape, LEGO® Education Innovation Studio Manager at NULC, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the semi-final of KMF’s Young Engineer of the Year Project at NULC.  We have been involved as sponsors of the KMF YEOTY project for a number of years now and we were pleased that the theme of the campaign this year involved LEGO® Education.  We have a LEGO® Education Innovation Studio at NULC and aim to engage and inspire learners of all ages to develop their skills in science, literacy, computing, maths, design and engineering.”

The event final will take place on June 16 at Staffordshire University, and will be hosted by Jason Bradbury, best known for presenting The Gadget Show on Channel 5.  Twenty-four schools will compete to be crowned champions with one exceptional pupil claiming the accolade of KMF Young Engineer of the Year 2017.

Karen Dobson, Principal & Chief Executive at NULC said: “Here at NULC we embrace technology of all types and this event creates a fantastic platform for young people to mix with industry contacts, gain new insight and develop vital skills in STEM related subjects.”

For information about the NULC LEGO® Education Innovation Studio, please contact 01782 254625 or visit

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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