What we do

We use robots and inspirational role models from industry to equip young people with the technical knowledge and core life skills needed to tackle tomorrow's challenges. We deliver insight driven, evidence-based impact by connecting today's experts with tomorrow's innovators.

Need

The UK is facing a well documented STEM skills crisis and we’re falling behind the rest of the world. Demand for a talent pipeline equipped with STEM and life skills will only increase with an ageing workforce and the impact of new technologies and automation. Recent estimates suggest the UK will need a further 200,000 engineers by 2022 alone.

Mission

To make STEM less intimidating, accessible and diverse - using robots and inspirational role models from industry to fuel a talent pipeline of innovators.

Vision

A world where young people are aware of STEM education and career opportunities available and are equipped with technical knowledge and core life-skills to tackle tomorrow's challenges.

Impact

We're conducting insight and evaluation and will release our first impact report in summer 2019. In the meantime, check out achievements from the USA where more than 75% of FIRST participants are in STEM education or careers today.

Values

To deliver on our mission, achieve impact and drive systemic change we have agreed as founding principles that we must have, or seek to develop:

  • Impact – deliver pathway to impact which is evidence based, rigorous and audited
  • Value – offer standout value proposition for schools, educators and young people 
  • Quality – insight driven, audience focused content, resources and experience
  • Efficacy – deliver impact at scale, leanly and efficiently
  • Collaboration – align and coordinate with others in pursuit of mission
  • Influence – drive agenda change and disrupt where appropriate
  • Perspective – retain line of sight mission, invite challenge and fresh perspective

Quality technical education, alongside traditional academic routes, is essential to ensure that people have the skills required for high-wage jobs and employers can get the highly skilled staff they need.

Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, President, The Royal Society