Can you help get us to Nationals?

by Lauren Brabbs in Newcastle, England, United Kingdom

Can you help get us to Nationals?
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To compete at the National Championship we need to raise £3000 to cover the cost of our accommodation, transport and food.

by Lauren Brabbs in Newcastle, England, United Kingdom

***We are through to the National Finals!***

Last year two teams from SJFCC competed in the first ever UK version of the First Tech Challenge, both teams did really well and this year we are aiming to surpass our achievements. 

How you can help:

To be able to attend Nationals we need to raise £3000 to cover our costs. We are holding raffles, fundraising meals and trainer days as well as writing to local companies but need some help to get us over the line. 

The costs break down to be £230 per student (this is £192 for accommodation, £18 for transport and £20 for food).

Our Journey so Far:

September 2019:  The new challenge was released, sponsored by Star Wars we now knew that our robots need to be able to collect, move and stack blocks to build towers. 

October 2019 - December 2019:  With the build well underway we turned our mind to programming, each robot needs to be able to act autonomously for 30 seconds at the start of each round, we struggled with our autonomous programme but finally we seem to have made it work! Another key part of the competition is promoting STEAM subjects in the wider community, we set up and ran a competition for primary schools asking them to design their own robot to help the community. We were really impressed with the quality of the designs, well done to all of our winners! 

January 2020: With the Regional Finals just around the corner it was time to put the finishing touches to our robots, programmes and engineering notebook. 


February 2020: The Regional Finals!!!

Team 32: Hotwire 2.0 

Team Hotwire 2.0 is made up of Abbie, Shaun, Joel, Esme, Malcolm and Zoe. 

“The whole day was amazing and it was great to meet other teams who are as passionate about STEM as we are. I really enjoyed the competition and I’m really proud of all we achieved.” – Esme (Year 9)

Hotwire 2.0 hit the ground running and were leading the points competition up until the last round where they dropped their only match, finishing in 3rd place. This was still enough to get them through to the Alliance Final, where they teamed up with Discovery Academy and Strathmore College, finishing as the second place alliance. Throughout the day the team spoke passionately to the judges and obviously made a good impression as they were awarded second place in the control and design categories before winning the Inspire Award. The Inspire Award is awarded to the best overall team at each regional and means that the team have a 3 in 7 chance of being selected for the World Final in Detroit. 

Team 35: BB-Gr8 

Team BB-Gr8 is made up of Myles, Mena, Maia, Ruby, Dan, Oliver and Josh. 

“The competition was really fun, I really enjoyed playing the points matches. I am really proud of how we performed in the judges presentation and I can’t for London.” - Mena (Year 9) 

BB-Gr8 had a bumpy ride through the points matches however some clever tactics and skilful driving meant that they finished in 6th place. Having performed consistently well in their latter matches the team was selected to part of a team for the Alliance Finals. Finding themselves facing Hotwire 2.0 in a SJF grudge match the alliance finished 3rd overall. Having wowed the judges with their team work, dedication and their confident, well planned presentation BB-Gr8 were selected as winner of the Design Award. The Design Award is given to the team with the best overall robot design, to achieve this students need to show that they have planned, evaluated and modified their design through their Engineering Notebook.

The Story of Regionals

Going Forward: 

Our Aims: 

Hotwire2.0: We have a 3 in 7 chance of winning a place at the World Final's in Detroit! Between now and Nationals we are tweaking our Robot's design to make it more efficient, running a STEAM club for year 7 students and are working on making our autonomous programming perfect.

BB-Gr8: We are remodelling our robot's design to allow it to lift the blocks more effectively and are hoping to come away with the National Design award in London. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more


A shout out on our social media pages.

£10 or more

Thank you so much!

A shout out on our social media pages and a thank you card from our teams.

£25 or more

We really appreciate it!

A social media shout out, a thank you card from one of our team members and a laser cut keyring, designed and made by us.

£100 or more

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Your name, or business name and logo will go on to our display at National's meaning it will be seen by up to 150 teams and industry leaders. You'll also get a shout out on our social media channels, a laser cut keyring and a thank you card from our teams.

£230 or more

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Sponsor a Student

As a thank you donating the cost for one team member we will have your name (and logo if applicable) on our displays and branding, at National's meaning it will be seen by up to 150 teams and industry leaders. You'll also get a shout out on our social media channels and a thank you letter from our teams plus one of each keyring designs.

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