FIRST Global: Team Portugal competing at the International Robot Olympics – Washington, DC
Contestants from 160 countries will build robots revolving around access to clean water. The goal is to show the leaders of tomorrow that by communicating, cooperating, and working together, using the tools of science and engineering, they can change the world.
According to former US Navy Admiral and Congressman, Joe Sestak, president of FIRST Global, the goal is to inspire the world’s youth to pursue careers in science and technology through the sport of robotics by promoting leadership and innovation in young people from all nations.
This year’s theme is based on one of the 14 Grand Challenges of Engineering identified by the US National Academy of Engineering, “access to clean water”, and will see two alliances of three teams each competing to remove contaminant particles from a simulated river.
The International Robot Olympics is an annual event where each year a competition will take place in a different country. Of the selected 30 finalists, 10 will receive first places. Other finalists will receive second and third places.