More than enrichment provision

Giving young people a platform to think, operate and collaborate like a business.

Expeditionary learning

FIRST Tech Challenge UK empowers young people to develop technical knowledge and soft skills whilst broadening understanding of STEM education and careers. Taking on a global challenge with support from industry mentors, young people:

  • Develop new skills outside of their comfort zone
  • Collaborate across year groups
  • Understand education and career pathways
  • Engage with employers, further and higher education
  • Earn team and individual accredited awards
  • Become well-rounded citizens, empowered to own their future

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FIRST Tech Challenge UK enables our academies to deliver an engaging enrichment programme, career development opportunities and supports the STEM curriculum. The quality and reach of their programme is excellent.”

Jemima, Enrichment Manager – National Enrichment Lead, Ormiston Academies Trust

Accredited awards at the highest level

All FIRST Tech Challenge UK participants can achieve an Industrial Cadets Gold Award and British Science Association CREST Gold. Our e-learning platform and Engineering Notebook make this process super easy.


Virtual and remote learning

‘Makerspace’ e-learning blends digital content with hands-on sessions.

  • Teams – access curriculum-mapped resources and virtual robotics simulator created by teachers, industry and young people


  • Teachers – receive confidence-boosting training and content mapped to Key Stages 3+4 and Gatsby Benchmarks


  • Mentors – access training and team content

Tailored provision

Whether you’re working in mainstream, alternative, or special educational needs settings there’s a provision for you. Choose from lunch-time sessions, after-school clubs or in-timetable delivery.

Single team

Perfect to test the ropes and ease into the programme. One kit serves up to 15 young people.

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Multiple teams foster competition, support peer-to-peer mentoring and enhance performance.

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Full cohort

Mapped to key curriculum points at KS3+4 FIRST Tech Challenge UK can be delivered in timetable at scale.

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Global community

FIRST connects over 600,000 young people globally each year. In the UK, our hub network brings together champion schools, businesses, universities and volunteers to help build more than robots.


Mentors are role models from industry who guide teams as they build, challenge and discover.

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Dedicated networks of schools, businesses and universities support local teams in their efforts.

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Social media

Rallying collaboration over competition, teams use social media to connect with the global community.

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Pledging for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

It’s our mission to make STEM less intimidating, more diverse and inclusive, empowering young people to make informed choices about their future. Join us as we pledge to work smarter, not harder, in how we reach and empower underserved young people.

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Super-charge your progress

This season’s timeline and provision is geared to easily slot into your school year and adapt as you need it to. With our online provision and return of scrimmage meet-ups, teams have constant access to progress their skills and robot this season.

Build more than robots!

Take on the UK’s most epic STEM enrichment programme for young people. We’re ready to help you make STEM less intimidating and more inclusive.

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  • We build More Than Robots

    We use robots, role models and competitions to make STEM less intimidating, more diverse and inclusive, empowering young people to make informed choices about their future.