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Young Engineer of the Year 2022

Raising Aspirations #YEOTY22

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The YEOTY Mission

Now in its ninth year, the annual KMF Young Engineer of the Year Competition brings together year 10 high school teams with sponsors from industry and higher education. Since the YEOTY launch in 2012, 25,500 pupils and over 60 companies have taken part, with £1m invested to date.

Our mission is to challenge curious minds, inspire innovation, raise aspirations, encourage teamwork, and ignite interest in engineering careers.

This year our “Classtronauts” will compete using cutting-edge high altitude balloon technology to design, engineer and launch their creation into space, track its journey and visually record the whole process, by presenting a video of the whole project and its flight.

Jenny Johnston
It's such a rewarding initiative to lead

The energy and commitment from everyone involved is inspiring and the fact that today, we have former YEOTY winners and finalists working in our business and achieving great things, is testament to its success.

KMF project head Jenny Johnston
(People and Culture Manager at KMF)
Endon High School Logo
STEM education is very important to us

We love getting involved in this fun, educational and rewarding project. This will be the 7th year we have participated.

2019 winners Endon High School
Shaun Mitchell
NEIDA logo
Inspiring and educating the next generation

It's a pleasure to provide mentorship to young people and help them to realise there's a great future ahead for aspiring engineers.

Neida Products Ltd

Competition Timeline


Sent Into Space workshop, at Newcastle under Lyme College.

March 2022

Science Experience Day with Staffordshire University.

June 2022

The missions into space take off.

September 2022

Accolades awarded at a September ceremony. Discover which team flew the highest, created the most stunning images and videos, transmitted the clearest signal back to earth and who the KMF Young Engineer of the Year, 2022 will be.

Classtronauts from

Good luck to all our teams of Classtronauts competing in this year's YEOTY.

Alleynes academy Alsager school Biddulph high school Birches head academy
Discovery academy Endon high school Leek high school Madeley High School
Newcastle academy Ormiston horizon academy Ormiston meridian academy Ousdale School
Painsley catholic college Sir Thomas Boughey Academy St. Joseph's college St Margaret ward catholic academy
St Peter's cofe academy St. Thomas more catholic academy Westwood college

Classtronauts sponsors

Huge thanks go to these aspiration raising companies for sponsoring our Classtronauts.

Advanced packaging AEON BP Pulse Capula
F Ball Hobb Ibstock Internet Central
Michelin Neida NSCG QPS
Rotary International Ryedale Staffordshire University Trumpf


Image: 1 STM 6
Image: 2 Painsley YEOTY 2018
Image: 3 Meridian launch assembly
Image: 4 Ormiston Horizons 2
Image: 5 Launch day 12
Image: 6 Launch day 4

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