About FIRST Global

FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world. The not-for-profit public charity provides the framework for an “olympics”-style robotics challenge where one team from every nation is invited to participate in a global robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs. By bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition that drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education, FIRST Global inspires students to learn the skills they will need to make the discoveries their parents and grandparents would consider miracles, impossibilities, or just plain science fiction.
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National Teams

The FIRST Global Challenge is a truly international robotics event where students from nearly 160 nations across the world will travel to Washington, D.C. this July to participate in the inaugural game that will be held in different nations each year. Teams are composed of high school students with the goal of increasing their knowledge of STEM so they can become the next generation of scientific leaders who will work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. Each team has a story to tell and a mission to accomplish, and by clicking on the link below, you will find photos, videos, and short biographies that will give you a glimpse into the lives of our FIRST Global competitors.
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From Our Blog

11 Apr

Nepal

Home to 8 of the world’s 14 highest mountains, including Mount Everest, the young Democratic Republic of Nepal still faces many technological challenges. The World Bank reported in 2013 that while the electrification rate in urban areas is 90%, the rate for rural areas is only 5%, if not less. More

Global STEM Corps

The Global STEM Corps (GSC) is FIRST Global's 21st century answer to a world in need of an inspired generation of young adults who are ready to tackle global challenges. Qualified GSC Volunteers mentor FIRST Global national teams either via the GSC Hotline, or on a more personal ongoing basis by “adopting a nation” while that country’s team builds its robot. By working with students around the world while they engineer their robots, GSC volunteers help FIRST Global competitors attain all they are capable of and inspire them to pursue fulfilling, exciting, and rewarding lives through STEM. These community-based volunteers range from high school and college students with robotics experience, to entire university robotics and engineering departments. The Global STEM Corps brings the universal elements of science, cooperation, and competition to the world stage.
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Event Volunteers

Volunteers keep the robots running, make the matches fun, and the FIRST Global spirit alive. As an event volunteer at the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, you will be a vital member of our team – responsible for everything from ensuring the robots run smoothly during the matches to making sure that the teams are where they are suppose to be, when they are suppose to be there. To help make the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge the success we all want it to be, we need referees, technicians, registration experts, and more! There are over 20 types of volunteer positions that need to be filled for the event this July, so if you are interested in becoming a member of the FIRST Global Volunteer Support Staff, you can view all of the open positions we are looking to fill right now in our Event Volunteer Application.
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