Global tournament next step for robotics champs

A team of students from Hertfordshire have won a spot at the global First Tech Challenge after winning the UK championships this week

Team St Christopher’s Snowflakes, from St Christopher School in Letchworth, have been named the First Tech Challenge UK Inspire Award winners, and will represent the UK in Detroit, USA, between 24–27 April at the global final.

Honey Glennie from St Christopher’s Snowflakes said: “It hasn’t properly sunk in yet that we have won the Inspire Award and will be heading to Detroit! We feel so shocked. Winning is a dream come true. We can’t wait to head to America, our teacher is from America so it will be really special. A particular highlight for all of us was all the people that we met today, all the teams were amazing and deserve a shout-out.”

A particular highlight for all of us was all the people that we met today, all the teams were amazing and deserve a shout-out.
– Honey Glennie, St Christopher’s Snowflakes

The UK championships took place in Peterborough on 13 March, where teams competed to complete a series of space-themed tasks using their robots. Teams also had to present engineering notebooks, which documented their journey through the programme, to the industry judging panel.

In addition to the final award presented to St Christopher’s Snowflakes, seven other prizes were granted. They were:

  • Judges’ Sportsmanship Award, won by Robo-sharks, Princethorpe College
  • Control Award, won by Binary Bots
  • Motivate Award, won by Robo-lancers from Lakenheath High School
  • Design Award, won by Wrenn Scorpions from Wrenn School
  • Collins Aerospace Award, won by Creative Coven from Witchford Village College
  • Connect Award, won by Chiswick Cyborgs from Chiswick School
  • Think Award, won by Andromeda from ACS Cobham

Thirty thousand students will compete at the final to be crowned global champions of one of the world’s largest student robotics competitions.

The next season of First Tech Challenge UK will launch on 1 May 2019. More info is available at

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