Tunisia

For these seven young men from Tunisia, participating in the FIRST Global Challenge this year in Washington DC is an opportunity to make their country proud, as they enhance their STEM skills and knowledge alongside more than 150 nations. They believe that it is through advancements in technology and robotics that many great young minds like themselves can solve our world’s most pressing issues, such as water security, which affects all countries and is responsible for the death of a child every 60 seconds.Interestingly, these motivated teens do not measure success ...

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Peru

As one of the most thriving economies of the region, Peru is now looking to position itself as a prominent leader in technology and innovation in Latin America. For the future STEM leaders of this country, FIRST Global represents an opportunity to show the world that they are capable and willing to make their lives and that of all Peruvians better.These young adults, full of life and thirst for greatness, want to tell their own story through robotics and accomplish remarkable things that have never been done in Peru before. Learn more about their overall experience ...

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Tanzania

Even though Tanzania is among the developing countries that have had improvements in their education, local students believe their country’s science and technology curricula can benefit greatly from their determination, ideas, and intellect. More importantly, this female-majority team is trying to pave the way for more women, especially women of African origin, to join the ever increasing STEM community.Even though there are many young people in Tanzania who are interested in robotics and engineering, they rarely find the necessary resources or spaces to material...

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Venezuela

Given that Venezuela is mostly an oil-based economy, studies in engineering and technology development are crucial to Venezuelans in the region. These high school students from Colegio Ruben Suarez Valera want to become experts in electricity and robotics and join the dozens of bright young minds around the world who have already contributed greatly to technology development.They believe that their “commitment goes beyond winning, this is a message for all Venezuelans who have left the country looking for better opportunities, and thus demonstrate that in Venezu...

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Honduras

Coming from the rural parts of the department of Intibucá, these Hondurans high school students have to walk through a mountain with little paved roads just to get to school. They believe that by strengthening their STEM skills, new windows of opportunity will open up for them and their country as they become a part of a more global and unified STEM community. As being the first students to represent Honduras at an international robotics event, these future STEM leaders consider the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge to be a life-changing experience.We are happy to share ...

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Mali

Like many other countries in Africa, Mali is always striving to develop and incorporate new technology into their economy and daily lives. Despite the many challenges it has faced over the years such as severe and extensive droughts, coup d’états, and military dictatorships, Mali has been able to grow out of them time and time again. Though having very little access to water, as it is landlocked in Western Africa, Mali has become one of Africa’s major cotton and gold producers, and has also seen the rise of African music stars, such as Salif Keita.We’ll soon ...

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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.

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Team Profile: Spain

For the members of Team Spain, participating in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge is about more than robotics. It is an exciting opportunity to meet and learn from other groups of future STEM leaders from over 100 nations.With the honor of representing their country on the world stage, the members of Team Spain are eager to engage with their peers across the world so they can explore first hand how the richness of diversity can bond both hearts and minds not only in their passion for robotics, but to work to make positive changes in the world as well.To learn more ...

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Each week, we will be sending out a short newsletter covering everything from announcements of new materials available on our website, to details on what FIRST Global teams around the world are doing to prepare for this year’s Challenge.Known as “The Cup of,” each edition of the newsletter will be brought to you via a different breakfast drink from around the world to provide a glimpse into the everyday lives of the incredible people pouring everything they have into organizing their nations’ teams.For instance, although the first iteration of the newslet...

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Intibucá students to participate in Olympic Robotics Games in the USA

In the 21st century, it is becoming increasingly clear that the global challenges we face as a planet will require global, STEM inspired solutions from the lowest valleys to the highest mountains across the world. That is probably why the first news article to be published about a FIRST Global team, details the story of a group of aspiring engineers that fits that description to the letter. In Honduras’ rural Department of Intibucá – where many families live on less than two dollars a day and the power lines do not provide enough electricity to run utilities that are ...

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