10 explosive qualifiers launch 40 teams to UK Champs

During March schools and community groups across the UK participated in 10 robotics tournaments showcasing their design, engineering, coding and outreach talent - vying to earn industy judged awards and a coveted spot at the ...


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Team CalderDrones spills the beans on creating an award-winning game-day strategy

At our recent teams webinar focused on all things Qualifying Tournaments, CalderDrones, 2022-23 National Innovate and Regional Control Award winners, from Liverpool, shared what makes a winning game-day strategy with some top tips to get UK teams fired up for game day. Let’s recap on the genius gems shared with teams: Team Name: CalderDrones Team […]

Local scrimmages! An all-round win

We wrapped up 2023 with a burst of innovation in December at the FIRST Tech Challenge UK scrimmages for what is becoming the most promising robotics season yet! Scrimmages are informal meetups where teams get together during the programme’s mid-season to build, test out the game field and meet other teams, before competing at a […]

Team Ultraviolet’s pointers on becoming an award-winning rookie team

At our teams webinar ahead of scrimmages, we were joined by the South West powerhouse team, Ultraviolet, from Bournemouth School for Girls. Regional and national award-winners in their rookie season last year, team Ultraviolet shared their thoughts on how to become a FIRST Tech Challenge UK award-winning team. Let’s hear what they had to say: […]

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Team Digital Pancakes’ tips for an award-winning season

At our kick-off webinar, Wednesday 20 September 2023, we invited Scott Buchanan from team Digital Pancakes, UK-344, Friend’s Grammar School, Lisburn to make a real difference in the FIRST UK community by offering his invaluable skills and pearls of wisdom with fellow CENTERSTAGE teams. Having taken part in FIRST Tech Challenge UK for the past […]

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Team Ground X’s fundraising and outreach tips

Hit the ground running with team Ground X’s tips and tricks for a successful fundraising and outreach season. On 11 October 2023, we invited the West Midlands Design Award-winning team, Ground X, from Outwood Academy Newbold, to join our in-season webinar. UK-090 team members Samson and Cameron shared their successful approach to fundraising and outreach […]

More Than an Apprentice – meet Rosie Lawrence our National Champs guest speaker

At FIRST UK, our engine is industry. More specifically, the exceptional people who occupy industry roles today. We’re fortunate to partner with some of the most pioneering and forward-thinking industry heads of the world, willing to donate their time, energy and talent simply because they too, see and believe in the value of investing in […]

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Lilian Bayliss Technology School

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