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Our Future have partnered with UTC Derby Pride Park to launch a ‘Design a Robot Competition’ with some great prizes to be won!

The competition is open to pupils from all schools that are part of the Our Future project. See the full list of Our Future schools here.

The competition can be run in school or completed at home with family engagement.

The Challenge: Pupils design a robot to help around school.


Every entry will need to include:

  • A drawing of the robot.

  • Labels to explain the robot’s features and the materials it will be made from.

  • A few sentences explaining their design and why it should win the Robotics Competition.

  • The child’s full name (first name and first initial of surname is also acceptable), year group and school name.


Optional extras:

  • Designs can include sizes and measurement if pupils want to get technical.


Designing the Robot


Your child needs to decide what kind of robot they want to design. The robot needs to be something that could help an area of their school and work practically.


For example, they could design a robot that:

  • Can help in P.E. class.

  • Can help play games in the playground.

  • Can help at lunch time to prepare and serve food.

  • Or any other innovative ways to help around school.


Before designing, your child needs to have a clear goal as to the purpose of their robot i.e. what they want their robot to help with at school. Children should write down what the purpose of their robot is and label their design, highlighting the features and materials. Adults can do the writing on behalf of younger children. Children can name their robot and make it stand out with lots of colour.


How to Enter


A competition entry form is available to download here, but we will accept entries designed on plain paper or computer.

Submit your entries via e-mail to

by Monday 13th June 2022.

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First prize: The winning entry will receive a free Robotics activity day for their school focusing on future careers and delivered by the Our Future team in partnership with UTC Derby Pride Park. The winning entrant will also receive a goody bag of prizes for themselves!

Second and third prize: Will receive a gift from UTC Derby Pride Park to use in their classroom and a goody bag of prizes for themselves!

All winning and runner up entries will be displayed on Learn by Design’s Wall of Fame and social media. Runner ups who get their entry displayed online will also receive a certificate.

About UTC Derby Pride Park:

UTC Derby Pride Park offer specialist courses designed with employers in the exciting areas of Engineering and Health and Life Sciences. Students can join in Year 9 or in Year 12, and study GCSEs and A Levels alongside their technical specialism.


About the Our Future project: 

Our Future is an exciting project made possible with funding from the Opportunity Area Board and is delivered by Education and Employers, Learn by Design and dmh Associates. The project aims to inspire children and connect primary schools in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire with the world of work. In addition, the project helps broaden children’s horizons, raise aspirations and reduce stereotypes.


Terms & Conditions: The competition is being run by Our Future delivery partner, Learn by Design. UTC Derby Pride Park and Learn by Design reserves the right to reproduce and utilise in whole or in part the entries submitted by pupils for information, publicity and promotional purposes. By entering, each school agrees to the use of the name and address of the school. The school must also gain parental consent for the first name and year group of winning and runner up pupils to be included in any information, publicity or promotional activity linked to this competition. Entering this competition implies full and complete acceptance of these terms and conditions of which entry instructions form a part. Promoter: Learn By Design, 49 Kepler, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7XE

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Breaking down stereotypes and opening children's eyes to their future possibilities.

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