Date of release: Thursday, September 17, 2015

The Robot Wars live show comes to the University of Greenwich at Medway this month, and with it the chance for under 16s to get their robots in next year's show.

The event is free for under 16s (if accompanied by a paying adult) and runs from Friday 25 until Sunday 27 September. Tickets are from £12 and there are three one-hour shows per day in the Pilkington Building, at 11am, 2pm and 5pm.

The university will launch a brand new design competition at Robot Wars, inviting all schoolchildren who attend to submit designs for their own robots. The winners will have their design built with the support of the university's engineers.

Professor Simeon Keates, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor for the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "We are delighted to be hosting and sponsoring Robot Wars at Medway. It gives us the opportunity to help local schools learn more about the exciting world of robotics.

"Winners of the design competition will be given the base materials and support by our expert academic staff to build their own robots. The teams will also be invited to take part in next year's show, bringing their robots to battle in the famous Robot Wars arena."

Robot Wars ran for seven series between 1997 and 2003 on BBC2. The programme featured teams of amateur and professional engineers, known as "roboteers", whose robotic creations fought.

Tickets are expected to sell quickly and are available from http://www.robotwars.tv/live

For more on the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science: http://www2.gre.ac.uk/about/faculty/engsci

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