Four Middlesex University students have won silver medals at WorldSkills UK, a national competition which saw them battle it out against some of the most talented young people across the country.
The students were presented with their medals by TV presenter Angelica Bell at a grand closing ceremony on 17 November after the three day competition which ran during the Skills Show (15-17 Nov), the UK’s largest vocational skills and careers event. The students, who were split into two Middlesex teams, scooped their prizes in the Mobile Robotics and Mechatronics categories. They secured their place in the competition after competing in regional heats earlier in 2012.
The students were among more than 500 people who took part in 61 WorldSkills UK National Competitions in skills ranging from aeronautical engineering through to fashion design. The Middlesex team, who are all studying Product Design, comprised of John Peerless and John Regan who won medals in Mechatronics, and Dean Chapman and James Allen who were awarded medals in Mobile Robotics.
Mobile robotics competitor Dean Chapman (21) said: “We were tasked with programming a robot to complete different tasks like avoiding obstacles or navigating through a maze. Our confidence in winning increased as we progressed, so I’m proud to have won silver. I really enjoyed the competition and it was a good opportunity to meet knowledgeable people from the industry.”
Fellow Middlesex students ran a ‘Have a go’ area where visitors got a hands-on-experience of programming simple robots. Middlesex sports staff and students were also at the show hoping to inspire young people to take up sports by testing visitors’ reaction time, grip strength and jump height. The Middlesex University areas were visited by Princess Anne and new Skills Minister Matthew Hancock MP.
Top: Mobile Robotics competitors Dean Chapman (front) and James Allen (behind) completing one of the trials with their robot
Bottom: Mechatronics competitors John Peerless (front) and John Regan (behind) completing one of their trials