Taking part

FIRST® Tech Challenge is an expeditionary learning platform using robots and industry mentors to equip young people with the technical knowledge and critical softer skills to take on tomorrow’s challenges.

FIRST Tech Challenge UK - take part in an expeditionary STEM learning programme for young people using robots competing head-to-head

The format

Supported by a mentor, young people design, build and programme a robot to take on a global challenge before competing in tournaments in a bid to earn the right to represent the UK at the world championships in the USA. Meeting weekly for a couple of hours between September and March teams:

  • develop technical know-how and core life skills
  • collaborate and compete in tournaments
  • engage with employers, universities, and industry role models
  • build understanding of career pathways, roles and opportunities
  • achieve recognition in the form of collective awards and individual accreditation

FIRST® Tech Challenge 2018 game animation

Developing tomorrow’s innovators

Comprehensive learning resources developed by educators in partnership with industry empower teams to achieve success. 


The programme maps to key curriculum points and can be delivered in the classroom or as an extra-curricular activity. An online education portal provides access to structured content, training modules and collaboration.


Utilising the same tools and methodologies as industry project teams – learners become proficient in the broader skills required in the workplace building comprehension, confidence and resilience.


Diverse team roles aligned to real-world jobs alongside role-specific missions drive a breadth and depth of skills development, enhance subject relevance and raise awareness of career opportunities.