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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Turkey

Turkey’s Urfa STEM Team is a veteran robotics group that will be attending the FIRST Global Challenge this July. Seeing as one of Urfa’s ideals is that the “best product is born from the best cooperation,” we know that they will fit right in with the rest of the FIRST Global community. The Urfa STEM Team members first came together about three years ago, come from different high schools throughout southern Turkey, and hope to use their enthusiasm and experience to lead the next wave of STEM and robotics initiatives in Turkey. Once Team Turkey arrives in ...

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Bangladesh

Like the youth of many developing countries, the members of Team Bangladesh know that science, technology, engineering, and mathematics has the power to lift the prospects of not only their country, but for the world as a whole. Because Bangladesh’s FIRST Global competitors understand the important role that technology and robotics will play in solving everything from everyday problems like traffic congestion and education, to global challenges such as medicine and pollution, the students of Team Bangladesh have thrown themselves head-first into the 2017 FIRST Global ...

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Rwanda

Having grown up in Rwanda just a few short years after the tragic horrors that shook the small African nation to its core, the members of Team Rwanda know better than most that in order to successfully address the real challenges of the world, you need to have the capacity to engage with others to make a difference. This knowledge drives the men and women of Team Rwanda to acquire the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skills they will need to pursue careers that will equip them to become innovators in their respective fields, inspire their fellow ...

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