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Ideas to organise your team around Covid-19 safety measures

Hey teams and Team Leads, how’s it going? 👋 We’re seeing plenty of teams get creative with building a team and running sessions while protective measures are in place. Here’s a bunch of genius ideas that could help y...

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Bring on 2020-21 – new provision, new tech, new opportunities!

We have news! No, there are no FIRST baby bots on the horizon, although technically… kind of? More on that later... Registration for next season is NOW OPEN! That’s right, head...

Posted 1 September 2020

Next season’s tech just got better

Let’s face it, we’re entering the 2020-21 season in a very different world, and recognise this presents new challenges for teams to connect and collaborate. This season, we’r...

Posted 1 September 2020

Cross-party support for #FurloughForGood

Baroness Tyler and 14 cross-party members of the House of Lords have supported the #furloughforgood campaign by writing directly to the Chancellor of the Exchequer seeking urgent c...

Posted 11 May 2020

Charities Minister urged to rethink furlough

Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society yesterday responded to questions from peers surrounding support for charities and allowing fuloughed charity employees to volunteer for ...

Posted 1 May 2020

Surveying the impact of furlough and Covid-19 on charities

Whilst the Chancellor’s injection of £750 million for the sector is welcome, this funding will largely be accessible only to organisations involved in the covid-19 response and ...

Posted 9 April 2020

Furlough for good – an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer

UK Charities risk grinding to a halt just as they are needed most. COVID-19 is affecting all aspects of our lives and society in ways we are only just beginning to contemplate. Mea...

Posted 28 March 2020

Coronavirus – statement from CEO

The arrival of coronavirus (Covid-19) on UK shores could not have happened at a more challenging time for the charity and the young people we serve. The inaugural UK Championship s...

Posted 6 March 2020

FAQ: Championship cancellation

Not sure what to do next about the champs? No problem. Find details regarding changes to the national championship, the new virtual tournament and how to recover costs on this FAQ ...

Posted 6 March 2020

Elated teams progress at South East mega regional

Largest regional competition drives inclusion among teenagers in an area with great socio-economic divide, powered by Arm and Qualcomm Incorporated 10 February 2020: Robots buil...

Posted 8 February 2020

West Midlands double whammy soars 35 teams to the Olympic Park

Automotive and aerospace engineering heartland hosted competition powered by Collins Aerospace and its mega squad of industry volunteers, geared to make STEM less intimidating and ...

Posted 6 February 2020

Northern Ireland feat advances top teams to London

Prime for innovation growth following its Aerospace engineering roots, Northern Ireland hosted competition to develop local STEM talent. Robots built by students in Northern Ire...

Posted 6 February 2020

North West alliance wins by one point in nail-biting finish!

Wade Deacon High School, Cheadle Hulme High School and The Observatory School are crowned North West's Winning Alliance after a knife-edged final robotics match, winning by 39 poin...

Posted 3 February 2020

South West competitors set sights on champs after regional triumph

The competition run by FIRST® Tech Challenge UK aims to ignite aspirations in young people and connect Bristol’s tech and engineering workforce with emerging talent Robots bu...

Posted 29 January 2020

Looking back on 2019

It's been a phenomenal three months of robotics action since we kicked-off with SKYSTONE, this season's challenge. Teams have been phenomenal, with some ups, downs, and mini triump...

Posted 20 December 2019

Building a strong game strategy – a lesson from team Binary Bots

Having a game strategy is critical when competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge. Not only does it help teams to focus on how they’ll score points, it also guides the robot’s desi...

Posted 25 October 2019

Makerspace launches in Alpha

We’re excited to share the launch of our digital educational platform ‘Makerspace’ in Alpha. After a solid six months of development and consultation with industry, educators...

Posted 4 October 2019

FIRST Tech Challenge UK 2019-20 kicks off at Bloomberg’s European HQ

Last year was the pilot, this year we're going big! Kicking off at Bloomberg's European HQ, the world's largest robotics competition has officially launched nationwide to make S...

Posted 25 September 2019

We’re hiring! Director of Development – critical mission, epic culture, so-so salary…

We’re looking for a dynamic and tenacious team player and leader who is mission-oriented, focused on impact and getting us there better, faster. Someone who shares our vision of ...

Posted 14 August 2019

‘I don’t like robots but that’s why I loved interning at FIRST UK’ confesses Jacob

Jacob, aged 17 from Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree, jumped at the chance to intern with us this summer, despite his detest for robots (we don’t judge here at FI...

Posted 29 July 2019

‘We truly do things that matter’ – Jasmine reflects on her FIRST internship

Jasmine, 16, from the American School in London, shares her hands-on interning experience at FIRST UK headquarters this summer. Jasmine is no FIRST noob, she spent three years in F...

Posted 17 July 2019

Beat the FIRST robot maze blindfolded

We're on a road trip exhibiting at local Big Bang Fairs near you. Think your school could drive a robot blindfolded? We're challenging young people in pairs to drive a mini-bot ...

Posted 28 June 2019

Building the technologists of the future

'Passion for progress’, ‘we, not I’, and ‘be your brilliant self’ As Community & Inclusion Specialist at Arm, Anna Malan drives engagement of the technology giant'...

Posted 24 May 2019

Pioneers represent UK at FIRST world robotics championships!

UK Inspire Award winners from Newcastle Academy (Newbotics101) and St. Christopher School (St Chris Snowflakes) broke UK boundaries at the world’s largest robotics competition th...

Posted 17 May 2019

2019 game theme announced – registration open!

FIRST has offically announced what we’ve all been waiting for! The global theme for the 2019-20 season is drumroll… FIRST RISE powered by Star Wars: Force for Change But ...

Posted 3 May 2019

A royal FIRST! – CEO meets Her Majesty the Queen

…and Rover holds a street party to celebrate. It’s been an exciting year for the team at FIRST® UK – a full-on rollercoaster ride working hard to lift this programme off ...

Posted 1 May 2019

Robotics team share their ‘whirlwind of a journey’ ahead of global championship

Written by Hugo Cracknell, from St Chris Snowflakes, team 002. Right now, I’m sat with the team trying to find words to sum up this whole crazy experience; however, we are sti...

Posted 18 March 2019

Elated Newcastle Academy team prevail at northern championships

Robot-savvy staffordshire students secure once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the UK at global robotics tournament in the USA Almost 600 students from across the North W...

Posted 18 March 2019

Judges ‘tickled pink’ by Inspire Award winners

Robot-savvy Cambridgeshire students secure once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to represent the UK at global robotics tournament in the USA Almost 500 students from across the South ...

Posted 14 March 2019

Tomorrow’s innovators get robot ready

Students from schools across Greater Manchester, Stoke-on-Trent and the wider Staffordshire area are gearing up to compete in the inaugural FIRST® Tech Challenge UK Championship...

Posted 11 March 2019
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