b'IET Futures Fund|9Challenge that have been unable to offer lunchtime and after school clubs. By the end of March 2021, 643 teams (over 5,000 children andDiscoveryoung people) had signed up for the 2020/21 season. The tournamentsDiscover has remained the most and finals have been pushed back toresilient of the three divisions summer 2021 to give teams enoughdespite the challenges presented by time to prepare following schoolCovid-19. After the first lockdown, closures. early years teachers told us that rather than needing to focus on All tournaments will be heldcatching up and the curriculum, remotely using a specially designedthey were very much looking Remote Event Hub, produced by ourforward to enabling the children to global partner FIRST. The virtualwork on their social and emotional tournaments and finals have theskills again, which are key elements advantage of being able to runof Discover. We have had 976 sign several tournaments concurrentlyups for Discover so far, equating to and will be fun, engaging and3,828 children.interactive.FundingExploreWe introduced an application We have 418 teams registered forsystem to enable schools and the 2020/21 season so far, reachinggroups experiencing disadvantage approximately 2,410 children. Theto apply to us to cover the costs Festivals, where children presentof funded kit and registration. This Challenge: a global STEM competition for 9-16 year olds.their work to Reviewers, will takehad an excellent response and we place remotely in the Spring andsupported 197 applications out of Explore: a non-competitive STEM challenge for 6-9 year olds.Summer terms. Many schools have239 across all three divisions in been using our class pack option,2020.Discover: introduces young children aged 4-6 to STEM concepts as they learn through play. which can be delivered to the whole class with an in-house Festival atIntroducing this system helps us to the end of the programme. This is adirect funding where it is needed This seasons themes, RePLAY( SM ) and PLAYMAKERS( SM ) are centred around play and being active. particularly useful option for schoolsmost.'