Want to support students to develop coding, robotics and engineering skills?

The Robotics Challenge is a fun, team-based competition for students aged 11 to 14. By taking part in this extra-curricular or in-school programme, young people get the opportunity to discover what engineers can do to create a cleaner, more sustainable world.

All schools who’ve previously taken part are eligible to enter the 2021/22 Robotics Challenge. Perfect for in class learning, STEM and Robotics Clubs, teams will have lots of fun building LEGO® robots to respond to environmentally themed hands-on engineering challenges whilst:

  • Putting computer science, maths and/or physics knowledge into practice
  • Building transferable communication, collaboration & project working skills
  • Discovering exciting new careers.

Experience of robotics and coding is not required. With a commitment of 10-15 hours a lot can be achieved; the programme is designed to allow you and your students to jump in and explore a series of missions, with teacher training offered to all schools. There are also some great up for grabs!


Fancy getting involved?

All schools who’ve previously participated can reserve their place for 2021/22 now. Simply contact the delivery partner working in your area:

Learn By Design

STEM first

England and Wales (minus the Northwest)


Northwest of England






Northern Ireland


Teacher support

There’s lots of support for teachers; from CPD sessions through to we’ve got you covered. Virtual teacher training is planned for October, November and December 2021. Once you’ve registered your school, your delivery partner will confirm details.

Your team

You will need to recruit a diverse team of 10 – 20 students to take part (at least 50% female if you’re a mixed school.

Competition heats

The competition is free to enter, and teams can showcase all that has been achieved by attending heats across the UK in April/May 2022. Supported by STEM professionals these days also give young people the opportunity to ask questions to bring engineering to life.

UK final

Winners of the heats will be invited to participate in the UK final at the annual UK Big Bang Fair, held in June 2022. This is an exciting day, and an opportunity for students to meet lots of STEM professionals before battling it out for the main prizes.

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