The best teams are inclusive. Young people from all backgrounds and with different skillsets are inspired by a passionate community of mentors, STEM industry partners and peers around the world.


Our accredited, industry linked content facilitates in curriculum or after-school delivery whilst delivering against Gatsby benchmarks and other progress measures.

FIRST Tech Challenge enables our academies to deliver an engaging enrichment programme, career development opportunities and supports the STEM curriculum. The quality and reach of their programme is excellent.”

Jemima, Stem Enrichment Lead, Ormiston Academy Trust


Our bespoke e-learning platform Makerspace provides comprehensive self-directed support to teams including:

    • Work plan – teacher derived weekly schedule
    • Curriculum maps – GCSE Computer Science, D&T
    • Integrated online content – manuals, presentations, exercises
    • Pre-season – team diversity & community outreach modules
    • Confidence builder – build and code in an afternoon
    • Careers content – role specific missions co-created by industry
    • Offline resources – classroom teaching aids
    • Forums – safe online peer to peer collaboration


Our team at mission control are on hand 24/7 to provide support and advice via email, social, Slack and good old fashioned phone!

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“STEM is less daunting for the students that took part in the programme and I think it has increased interest in the subject. This week we had a Year 8 options evening; there’s quite a lot of Year 8 children attending the club and they’re choosing engineering.”

Damian, Teacher, Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy


Hubs are a rich source of peer-to-peer support, mentors and community links. An eco-system typically comprising 48 teams, supported by a STEM Ambassador Hub, local industry and universities. Teams are encouraged to reach out and buddy with other local teams and even those overseas!

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Mentors support teams as they build, challenge and discover. Typically found within the school network, a parent, or employee from local business – they share a common passion to ignite young people’s curiosity in STEM. We’ve teamed up with STEM Learning to ensure teams have access to a ready pool of talent.

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Young people deserve to be inspired by STEM in the same way as a music festival or sporting event. We host free local, regional and national tournaments providing young people the opportunity to ‘go pro’ in STEM. Last year we were under Concorde – this year we’ll be at the Olympic Park!

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Shout from the rooftops!

Perhaps you want to communicate how FIRST Tech Challenge is transforming young lives to a school leadership team, trustees, governors, parents – or you just like a good bed time read? Whatever your motive our nifty brochure promises to do the job. Please think about trees before printing!

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