Students from across Cambridgeshire are gearing up to compete in the inaugural UK championships for the international First Tech Challenge robotics competition.
First Tech Challenge UK is an inclusive robotics programme for students aged 12–18, and is part of an international STEM scheme which will hold global championships in the USA from 24–27 April. The international programme attracts over 500,000 participants in the USA annually.
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This is the first time that the challenge has come to the UK, and 100 teams comprising of around 1,500 students overall are participating in championship events in Peterborough and Manchester this March.
The winning team from each regional final will attend the global championships, and will receive full funding for travel and accommodation in the USA.
Participating teams this year have also been provided with charity bursaries to cover the cost of robotics kits, phones and resources, and travel to take part in regional competitions.
We’re counting down to one of the biggest student robotics competitions in the UK, and we cannot wait to see what the teams have got to bring to the game field.
– Ed Cervantes-Watson, First UK
Ed Cervantes-Watson, CEO at First UK, said: “We’re counting down to one of the biggest student robotics competitions in the UK, and we cannot wait to see what the teams have got to bring to the game field. Young people entering education today will be pursuing jobs which don’t yet exist. We need to equip tomorrow’s workforce with the technical know-how and core life skills they need to transform their futures. First Tech Challenge is more than just robots, it’s a platform for young people to become the innovators of tomorrow and ensure no-one is left behind.”
The First Tech Challenge UK programme is backed by industry partners, with the aim of addressing the STEM skills gap. First employees and industry partners serve as coaches and role models for students, and local employers provide staff volunteers to support with the events’ stewarding, judging, and refereeing.
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The southern regional championship will take place on 13 March at the KingsGate Conference Centre in Peterborough. 50 teams will be participating from schools including: Comberton Village College, Linton Village College, Witchford Village College, Chesterton Community College, Trumpington Community College, and more.
First UK is currently recruiting local science and technology enthusiasts to volunteer at the Peterborough championships. For more information on volunteering opportunities, and to register your interest, please visit: ftc-uk.org/gamechanger/