Case study 4 – KMF Young Engineer of the Year

It’s always nice to be able to reach out to the wider community and help to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers. One such project of ours has helped to bring local businesses and schools together for a huge and exciting project.

KMF launched the Young Engineer of the Year award with the aims of inspiring young people to follow STEM related subjects and to pursue careers in engineering. The 2016 competition focus was on space and we were excited at the prospect of reaching so many schools with our unique missions. The project is supported and funded by local businesses who work closely with the schools throughout the year long mission.

You may recognise one particular supporter of the project, The Gadget Show’s very own Jason Bradbury! The author and TV presenter has been supporting KMF YEOTY since 2013 and this year contributed his knowledge and charisma to the project.

Jason_“What could be more inspiring than 200 kids launching their carefully
crafted modules and scientific experiments to the edge of Space!”

Each school had crafted their own experiment, designed their own capsule and competed to achieve the best “selfie” in space (#selfietude)! RAF Cosford and Jason Bradbury also conducted their own experiment which meant 25 launches in one day from one park, breaking all previous records!

By monitoring the flight paths and by using their tracking devices, the schools set about recovering their payloads. This was mainly a smooth operation, however, with so many balloons up in the air at once there were bound to be a few mishaps! For example, landing in very large trees…

kmf trees

After an adventurous day of tree climbing, hiking and scouring the English countryside, the results were in and looked spectacular. The many innovative and creative experiments were varied and far between.

The whole Sentintospace team attended the Awards Ceremony for the KMF Young Engineer of the Year competition 2016. It was a great conclusion to what has been an exciting year for us. It was great to see the rewards of all the hard work and efforts put in by everyone involved; KMF, the teachers, the RAF, the sponsors, and of course, the students themselves.

The night of the Awards saw achievemnt recognised for each school, however, prizes were to be won! The categories included “Best Video”, “Best Experiment”, “Best Engineered” “Best Selfie” and “Best Photo”

bestJPGBest Engineered – Painsley Catholic College

Finally, to conclude a fantastic evening, the award for “Young Engineer of the Year 2016″ was announced, glitter guns at the ready. The very talented young winner was William Wretham, who later had this to say:

“I am so grateful that I managed to take part in this amazing
experience and I will cherish this for the rest of my life.”