Date of release: Tuesday, August 2, 2016

University to showcase engineering with Robot Wars ShowAs Robot Wars fever once again grips the nation, the University of Greenwich is preparing to host Robot Wars shows in a full-size arena at the Medway campus in September.

The show will offer a chance to see in action some of the star house robots of the hit BBC TV series. In addition, the university is building its own heavyweight robot, using supermarket trolleys, to compete in dramatic style against any challengers.

The technical construction team in the Faculty of Engineering & Science is now keeping a close eye on potential competition in the new Robot Wars BBC2 television series, presented by Dara O'Briain and Angela Scanlon, which launched on Tuesday 26 July.

Meanwhile, university experts have been taking time out of the laboratories to work with young engineering enthusiasts from primary and secondary schools in Medway, Kent and London.

The young engineers will transport their robots to the Medway campus at Chatham Maritime for a schools Robot Wars knockout competition in the special arena on Friday 23 September. The university's own robot will show off its skills in the Robot Wars show during the weekend.

It is the second time that the Robot Wars show has come to the University of Greenwich Medway campus.

Professor Simeon Keates, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Engineering & Science, says: "Robot Wars is incredible fun and inspirational. It really shows how cool engineering is.

"We are working with the Robot Wars team to create a truly memorable event and we are offering free admission to everyone aged 16 years and under.

"There are currently 55,000 unfilled engineering jobs in the UK and the demand for engineers will be even greater in the future. Our aim is to inspire the next generation of engineers.

"The university launched a school and college design-a-robot competition after last year's successful Robot Wars show, which offered lots of tips and advice on what goes into the making of a winning robot, and received more than 250 entries.

"We chose 12 winning designs and our engineers worked with the primary and secondary students to develop a selection of 6kg robots, smaller and lighter than those taking part in the main show. Our aim was to help young designers create robots to win or crash out in the most spectacular ways imaginable."

Winning design-a-robot schools were each presented with £400 and all the electronic kit required to build a selection of the designs into combat robots.

Participating schools included: Cecil Road Primary, Gravesend, Cliffe Woods Primary School, Rochester; Featherby Primary School, Gillingham; Halling Primary School, Rochester; Parkwood Junior School, Rainham; Riverside Primary School, Rainham; Twydall Primary School, Gillingham; Shooters Hill College, London; Rainham Mark Grammar School, Rainham; Chatham Grammar School, Chatham; and Tonbridge School, Tonbridge.

The Robot Wars show will be at the University of Greenwich Medway campus from Friday 23 to Sunday 25 September. For tickets and further information go to: www.robotwarsevents.co.uk

Find out more about engineering courses and research at Medway at: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

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