FIRST® UK is a charity established to provide children with opportunities to explore STEM learning through robotics challenges, to inspire them to consider STEM as a potential career pathway. The programme was launched in the UK and Ireland in 2018, having grown out of a successful 30 year US programme. Working through schools, the programme involves 12-18 year olds, and is aimed at helping young people of all backgrounds to access STEM, and eliminate any intimidation around participating in STEM activities.