A fire station in Sheffield had some unusual guests when some robots popped in.
The robots, from the popular Robot Wars television programme, paid a visit to Central station in Sheffield city centre as part of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s ‘Get Started with Robotics’ programme being delivered in partnership with youth charity The Prince’s Trust.
Get Started is a personal development programme for 16-25 year-olds, which uses inspiring themes to engage with young people who are not in education or employment.
The idea is that the courses help boost their confidence, skills and employability.
As well as teaching young people new skills, the programme also widens and develops their personal and social skills.
A group of 13 young people built their own robots and pitched them against each other in various challenges.
At the end of the week-long course participants attended a demonstration by the famous robots from TV.
Station Manager Trevor Bernard said; “We were really happy to accommodate the robot display. As one of The Prince’s Trust partners we were really excited to see the Robot Wars in action.”
Kimberley Hendon, from The Prince’s Trust, said: “Throughout every programme we incorporate a real and meaningful group task, which challenges the young people and helps to develop their personal and social skills.
“By the end of the week, our aim is give young people a renewed sense of motivation and direction, to inspire them to move forward with their lives.
“We then continue to provide them with ongoing support for three to nine months to help engage them in education, employment or training.”
Youth charity The Prince’s Trust helps disadvantaged young people to get their lives on track. The Prince’s Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives.”