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Sponsors

Thank you to all this season’s sponsors.

UK and Ireland National Sponsor

Bechtel

Bechtel is one of the world’s most respected engineering, construction and project management companies. They design and build mega-projects like railways, airports, bridges, power solutions and water systems to support the planet’s growing population. Bechtel is also involved in environmental clean-ups and helping communities prepare for and rebuild after natural disasters.

Since its founding in 1898, Bechtel has worked on more than 22,000 projects in 140 countries on all seven continents. Today, their 53,000 employees work on diverse projects in nearly 50 countries. For more information visit Bechtel's website.

Building for the future is what we do every day. An important part of that is supporting schools all over the world to help engage students in science and technology. We are delighted to support students in the UK and Ireland in this exciting robotics competition that encourages innovation and helps to build tomorrow’s engineers.

Peter Dawson, President of Bechtel’s global civil infrastructure business.

Headline sponsors

RS Components

RS is the one-stop distributor for industrial maintenance and electronics products and the people to turn to for help and advice. With fast and easy access to a broad range of products, reliable delivery, expert technical advice and a choice of solutions to streamline your processes, we help you keep things running smoothly.

By supporting STEM initiatives through education, encouragement and inspiration, RS is playing a critical role in ensuring there is a pipeline of talent to safeguard our future industry

 We make amazing happen by innovating for the engineers of today and inspiring the engineers of tomorrow.

Programme sponsors

Airbus

Airbus designs, manufactures and delivers industry-leading commercial aircraft, helicopters, military transporters, satellites and launch vehicles, as well as providing data services, navigation, cyber and communications security, urban mobility and other solutions for customers on a global scale. 

We believe that it’s not just what we make, but how we make it that counts; promoting responsible, sustainable and inclusive business practices and acting with integrity. With a forward-looking strategy based on cutting-edge technologies, digital and scientific excellence, we aim for a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.

Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty is a leading international infrastructure group. We finance, develop, build and maintain innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins daily life, supports communities and enables economic growth.

Our teams operate across the full infrastructure life cycle, combining world-class investments capability and leading construction and support services to deliver large, nationally critical complex infrastructure through to local and regional projects right at the heart of local communities.

  • We finance
  • We design and project manage
  • We develop and construct
  • We operate and maintain assets.

Our main geographies are the UK, US and Hong Kong with 26,000 employees worldwide. Our customers are government departments and agencies, regulated utilities and private sector organisations.

With almost 110 years of experience in delivering highly complex infrastructure schemes through to projects at the heart of local communities, we operate with the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise, integrate with customers and local supply chains and support local communities.

Disney

For the 2019-2020 season, Disney, Lucasfilm and FIRST® are teaming up to help create the next generation of heroes and innovators as part of the Star Wars: Force for Change philanthropic initiative.

FIRST® RISESM, powered by Star Wars: Force for Change, is setting out to inspire citizens of the galaxy to work together, strengthening the Force that binds us and creating a world where collaboration and collective wisdom can elevate new ideas and foster growth.

The Walt Disney Company is also supporting FIRST® internationally to expand access for female and underrepresented youth. Together, we RISESM.

Qualcomm invents breakthrough technologies that transform how the world connects, computes and communicates. When we connected the phone to the Internet, the mobile revolution was born. Today, our inventions are the foundation for life-changing products, experiences, and industries. As we lead the world to 5G, we envision this next big change in cellular technology spurring a new era of intelligent, connected devices and enabling new opportunities in connected cars, remote delivery of health care services, and the IoT — including smart cities, smart homes, and wearables. Qualcomm Incorporated includes our licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of our patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of our engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of our products and services businesses, including the QCT semiconductor business. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s websiteOnQ blogTwitter and Facebook pages.

Donors

Thank you to all of this season's donors.

 

Caterpillar are supporting our FIRST® LEGO® League programme in Peterborough.

 

The David Family Foundation are supporting FIRST® LEGO® League teams in the Newham tournament.

 

Ford Fund are supporting our FIRST® LEGO® League programme across the UK. 

 

The LEGO® Foundation are supporting our FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. Discovery programmes across the UK and Ireland by providing funding and kit to be used by participants.

 

Sage Foundation are supporting our FIRST® LEGO® League programme in Dublin and North Tyneside. 

 

The Wates Family Enterprise Trust is supporting FIRST® LEGO® League teams in Exeter and Isle of Wight.

 

Whirlpool are supporting FIRST® LEGO® League programmes in Bristol, Peterborough and Manchester.