Events

Young people deserve to be inspired by the opportunities in STEM, in the same way they might a music festival or sporting event. That’s what FIRST events set out to achieve.

“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 Leeman, Educational Solutions Manager, Arm

More than robots

FIRST Tech Challenge is about more than building robots. Teams join a vast global community of young innovators and industry mentors – building relationships well beyond the playing field.

Kick-off

26 Sep 2019

Recorded show and tell – delivered by students, teachers, mentors – where teams discover more about the challenge, resources and support available.

Scrimmages

2-6 Dec 2019

1/2 day local practice events – typically in a school sports hall where team test their bots on a real game field, bounce ideas and get support.

Tournaments

Jan-Feb 2020

One-day events where teams compete to earn a place at the national championships and present Engineering Notebooks to gain accreditation and awards.

Championship

27-28 Mar 2020

An inspirational festival of robotics. 100 qualifying teams from across the UK travel to London’s Olympic Park to compete in the arena where champions are made.

Worlds

29 Apr-02 May 2020

Teams prevailing at championships secure the opportunity to join 30,000 students competing at the world’s largest student robotics tournament in the USA.

FIRST Tech Challenge UK Northern Regional 2018-19 - mentors from Staffordshire University

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Upcoming regional tournaments

FIRST Tech Challenge teams participate in one-day regional tournaments across the UK – the culmination of months of hard work. It’s their opportunity to put newly discovered skills to the test – earning accreditation and awards, alongside competing to earn a coveted spot at the UK National Championship.

  • Bristol  – 28 Jan 2020
  • Liverpool – 1 Feb 2020
  • Wolverhampton – 4-5 Feb 2020
  • Belfast – 5 Feb 2020
  • Cambridge – 7 Feb 2020
  • York – 11 Feb 2020
FIRST Tech Challenge 2019-20 Event Locations

Rise to the challenge

Are you an existing team? Find details about your regional tournament and the UK championship in Makerspace.

New to the challenge? Get in touch and find out how you can be part of the UK’s most epic robotics movement.*

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