First Tech Challenge
May 19th 2019

First Tech Challenge

Schools in Merseyside , Cheshire and Warrington are invited to take part in FIRST® Tech Challenge UK a galactic robotics competition for ages 12-18, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change.

It’s more than robots. Working in teams, students embark on a 6-month challenge to build a metropolis that’s out of this world. Adopting real-world roles and an industry mentor, teams design, build and programme a robot to compete in tournaments.

The programme aligns to the curriculum and Gatsby Career Benchmarks, developing teamwork, creative thinking, problem-solving and confidence skills needed to inspire tomorrow’s innovators, while offering students a chance to win awards and earn industry accreditation.

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There is a cost to engagement but bursary support for the majority of the costs is available for eligible schools. For further information contact Martin Ebsworth – [email protected]

FIRST® UK is a charity driven by young people and fuelled by industry mentors, using robots to spark the curiosity needed to explore, challenge and grow. We’re investing in the young people who will transform our future – equipping the next generation with the technical know-how and life skills needed to take on tomorrow’s opportunities.

Programme summary

Participants in FIRST® Tech Challenge UK learn to think, operate and collaborate like innovators.

Teams of up to 15 young people design, build and programme a robot to take on a global challenge with support from an industry mentor. Teams compete in alliances at regional tournaments and a national championship – in a bid to represent the UK at the world championship held in the USA.

The format

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 an understanding of STEM career pathways, roles and opportunities

●achieve recognition in the form of collective awards and individual Industrial Cadets accreditation

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