What we do

We help develop today’s young people into tomorrow’s science and technology leaders by harnessing their fascination with technology and immersing them in fun-filled robotics programmes spanning their school years.

Mission

FIRST® Tech Challenge UK & Ireland is on a mission to inspire the next generation of science and technology leaders. We do this through the provision of accessible, mentor-based STEM educational programmes grounded in robotics.

Vision

We want to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders – we’re a small charity with big ambitions:

Visions of FTC UK

Values

We seek to transform young lives by equipping and empowering them with the tools they need to succeed in school and their careers – embracing:

Values of FTC

These values are underpinned by philosophies which we have adopted from the US founding organisation FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science & Technology):

Gracious Professionalism®

  • A way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasises the value of others, alongside respect of individuals and the wider community. Gracious professionals learn and compete fiercely, but treat one another with respect and kindness in the process.

Coopertition®

  • Displaying unqualified kindness and respect in the face of fierce competition. Coopertition is founded on the philosophy that teams can and should help and cooperate with each other even as they compete. It means competing always, but assisting and enabling others when you can, including your teammates.

If we are going to succeed as a country then we need to train more scientists and more engineers.

Prime Minister, Rt Hon David Cameron MP, 2013