For the 2019 WorldSkills UK Mechatronic Team Selection competition in March, I wanted to design a modular production line that — that produced popcorn (and drinks)

The completed System

The System needed to be capable of dispensing & weighing popcorn kernals, transferring them into a popcorn popper, and then popping them


About two years ago I started my role as the Mechatronics Training Manager for Worldskills UK

The role involves training and planning training sessions, and competitions with a group of competitors (6 max), with the ultimate goal of selecting a team of two to progress to international competition.

As part of my role, it is increasingly important to log the progress, times, and scores of various tasks, to be able to benchmark competitors against each other. …


Team UK 2019

Nearly 2 years ago I was in AbuDhabi for the 2017 WorldSkills Competition

Here we are again with the 2019 final approaching. I wish all the best to the whole team, and to Jack and Danny — the UK’s Mechatronics Team.

Jack and Danny have been training hard for the last 3 years for their place in team. They successfully gained a well-deserved BRONZE medal in Euroskills Budapest 2018 — You can see a reaction interview with them here.

At our team selection event in March 2019 — They Secured their spot in TeamUK — with a popcorn inspired MPS Station


Fast Track their Future

– register your learners for WorldSkills UK Competitions by 7 April!

WorldSkills UK Competitions are now open until 7 April, and you can register your learners to take part here. The competitions enable learners to build on their knowledge and develop their technical and personal skills. For employers and training providers, the competitions are a mechanism to benchmark their activity, raising standards in training programmes across the UK.

The Apprenticeship Levy can be used to support your learners’ involvement in WorldSkills UK Competitions. Participation in the Competitions can be used to contribute to the 20% off the job training requirement for apprentices. Find out more here For the last 65 years, WorldSkills UK Competitions have been helping young people from all backgrounds to Go Further, Faster, in their careers, find out more at Hwww.worldskillsuk.or #SkillsCompetitions #GoFurtherFaster @WorldSkillsUK


And not every blog post needs a gist.. but sometimes the two go hand in hand.

Today I am teaching a class on the use of the Gazebo Simulator in ROS — While I have spent quite some time poking around in ROS, I haven’t used the simulator much before this week, when coincidently, I have been using it heavily in my ongoing MSc research — More on that to come —

I spent some time poking around on the internet for some updated teaching material… some of the old slides were feeling a little dated, and it seemed like…


Looking back on this event, it seems an awfully long time ago.

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Hello, Im new to medium, which is after all, a good place to be. My new blog and website will be coming soon, and Medium will be the source of the blogs.

Hopefully this will encourage me to start writing a little more frequently!

NodeSkills-v routing engine

No blog post would be complete without an image of some code, so here is a snippet from my latest project nodeSkills-v

Calum Knott

Hello! My name is Calum Knott, I am a Programmer and Robotic/Electronic Geek. I design software, hardware and am the Mechatronics Training Manager for WSUK

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