Fuelled by generous supporters and industry partners, FIRST Tech Challenge UK provides financial support to equip schools with a reusable, sustainable robotics provision to transform young lives for years to come.
The most rewarding moment has been seeing the passion, enthusiasm, and energy from the students. They’ve engaged in the task, adapted to overcome, and really put their heart and soul into the competition. It's been breathtaking.Rob, Content Developer, ARM
Making STEM accessible
We’re on a mission to provide all young people with access to expeditionary learning using robotics. We offer a range of support aimed at reducing barriers to participation whilst driving diversity, inclusion and social mobility.
Full and partial bursaries are available to schools to assist with the cost of a reusable robotics kit - powering one team of up to 15 learners. In 2019-20 the charity seeks to support at least 25% of applicants with a full bursary, and 50% of applicants with a partial (50%) bursary.
Additional grants are made available during the season for teams needing help with travel or supply teacher costs in order to attend events.
Applying for financial support
Requests for financial support are made via the main registration form – organisations applying for financial bursaries will have registration fees deferred until notified of the outcome.
Community outreach is considered a key development opportunity for learners. Fundraising tools and missions to encourage community engagement are embedded in the programme. The majority of teams successfully unlock sponsorship and gift-in-kind from local businesses and their wider school network – gaining a sense of achievement in doing so.
The charity defers invoicing of kits until the autumn term – providing time for teams to undertake community outreach and fundraising activities if desired.
Eligibility and criteria
- Non-fee paying OFSTED registered UK schools, SEND and Alternative Providers with a secondary provision
- Youth and Community Groups will be considered on a case by case basis
- Available only to organisations who have not previously received a kit bursary
- May be applied for by any non fee-paying participating team and will be advertised during the season
Factors taken into consideration when assessing requests for financial support include:
- Pupil Premium levels
- Social deprivation indexing
- Other supporting information supplied
Applications for support should be made by 31st May 2019 in order to be considered in the first round of funding. The bursary scheme will close when all grants have been issued. A grant award letter is issued to successful applicants detailing the amount, duration and terms of the award.
Payment of registration fee
Regardless of financial support, all teams pay the £149 (+VAT) registration fee.
Invoicing of the registration fee is deferred for teams applying for financial support until notified of the outcome.
Teams receiving a full bursary will be issued with an invoice for £149 (+VAT) and a grant award letter for £599.
Teams receiving a partial bursary will be issued with an invoice for £149 (+VAT) payable within 30 days and a grant award letter for £300. A supplementary invoice will be issued in September 2019 for £299 (+VAT) with respect of the balance due for the robotics kit.
Teams unsuccessful in their application will be issued with an invoice for £149 (+VAT), payable within 30 days. A supplementary invoice will be issued in September 2019 for £599 (+VAT) with respect of the balance due for the robotics kit.
The Arconic Foundation helps prepare tomorrow's workforce for successful, rewarding careers that advance the future of manufacturing while keeping our communities strong and vibrant. The Arconic Foundation's generosity powers a national programme of travel awards and grants to teams.