Date of release: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Robot WarsExtreme Robots Live at the University of Greenwich's Medway Campus is set to be the most exciting yet with more competitors, more powerful robots, a brand new arena and a two-hour show featuring stars and teams from the BBC2 TV series.

The four days of dramatic battles start on Thursday (21 September) when the first of more than 20 winning schools in the university's 'design and build a robot' competition put their creations to the test.

They will be battling their way through to the grand finals, which are taking place on Sunday (24 September).

During the tournament, Trolley Rage, the university's own robot, which appeared on the TV show, will be making a much-anticipated appearance. The university will also unveil its latest heavyweight robot contender, General d'Meaner.

General d' Meaner has been built with materials made available by Gillingham's Royal Engineers, alongside specialist parts sourced from around the world, including Greece, Belgium, the US and China. Plans are already in hand to take the new, bigger robot into battle in a forthcoming series of Robot Wars.

"We are the only university in the country to host live robot shows of this kind. The enthusiasm for the shows, and the schools competition, is tremendous," says Professor Simeon Keates, the university's Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor, Engineering. 

"Schools from across the south east – both primary and secondary – entered this year's competition and we increased the size of their robots to 13kg, which will make the battles even more dramatic," he adds. "Choosing the winners from so many good entries was a challenge."

The excitement and enthusiasm for robots, driven by the university during the past three years, has already seen an increase in applications this year for degree programmes in Mechanical Engineering

Additionally, Engineering students have transferred to the university's Faculty of Engineering & Science from other universities to pursue their interests in all things robotic. These students include Gareth Anstee, who is now in his third year studying Mechanical Engineering. 

Gareth worked with Dr Raj Bhati, principal lecturer at the faculty, and with Professor Keates, to design and build Trolley Rage, and was also a member of the university's Robot Wars team. He has been a driving force behind the sourcing and building of General d' Meaner.

Tickets for the Extreme Robots Live shows this Friday, Saturday and Sunday (22-24 September) are available from http://www.extremerobots.co.uk/live

To find out more about studying Engineering at the University of Greenwich: http://www.gre.ac.uk/engsci

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Picture: Schools enjoying the 2016 shows at Medway