Women of STEM Organize over 100 Teams Participating in World’s First Robot Olympics

Empowering Women as Agents of Change through Science and Technology

Women of the World Organized more than 100 of the nearly 160 National and 5 Continental Teams Attending World’s First High School-Level Robot Olympics

For Immediate Release

16 May 2017

Alexandria, VA.  With a mission to inspire an interest in science and technology leadership and innovation among the nearly 2 billion youth of the world, FIRST Global (www.first.global) is launching the world’s first international robot olympics for high school students, with nearly 160 nations each committed to sending one team to represent their country. It is through science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that the growing minds of tomorrow can address the world’s most pressing matters to secure prosperous livelihoods for all nations.

Determined to make their countries proud and show the world that all nations harbor bright minds that can bring about positive, significant changes to the world community, the students participating this year come from all six inhabited continents, representing cultures, religions, races, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds across the globe. Most noticeably, in a field where women have been historically marginalized, over 60 percent of the teams participating in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge were either organized, founded, led, or brought to being by women around the world.

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