In summer 2019, Leonardo once again hosted its Robotic Games across its UK sites. Working with Rampaging Chariots, the Games see young people testing their powerful and lightweight robots in a series of challenges.
Hundreds of teams from schools, colleges and Air Training Cadets groups have taken part in the Games in recent years, and many more participants did so across the company's sites in Edinburgh, Southampton, Luton and Basildon during June and July 2019.
Participation in the Robotic Games provides an excellent engineering challenge which can inspire participating students about Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) through:
- Design and technology
- Wood and metal working skills
- Basic electronic engineering
- Electrical skills
- Radio control
The Rampaging Chariot is a radio controlled robot built from a kit provided by Leonardo, which is then modified and improved upon by schools and youth groups. The kits were created by Leonardo engineer and famous test pilot, Peter Bennett, who designed and built the Typhoon robots featured on the television programme Robot Wars – winning many awards along the way.
The Robotics Games tournament has four disciplines: