Team Vanuatu 2019 🇻🇺

This year 2019, the SMART Sistas Vanuatu Team are eagerly preparing for the 2019 FIRST Global Robotic Challenge to take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on October 24 – 27, 2019. Our SMART Sistas committee is quite fortunate to have nominated Romney Marum, Manager Engineering & Consumer Care Division in the office of the Utilities Regulatory Authority as our local Technical mentor and Doreen Leona, Project Manager of a GEF/UNDP funded project with the Department of Energy, Ministry of Climate Change. Doreen is also the Secretary of SMART Sistas Committee and the Chairlady for Women and Girls in ICT- Vanuatu. Romney and Doreen will accompany 5 Students – all girls –  to take part in this year’s FGC!

The FIRST Global Challenge theme for 2019 is “Ocean Opportunities”. Every year millions of tons of pollutants, generated by human activity, make their way into the world’s oceans, negatively affecting marine life and global populations. The 2019 FIRST Global Challenge brings attention to this critical issue in order to educate ourselves and take action to preserve our oceans and wildlife. This year teams will learn about real-world challenges related to cleaning up the world’s oceans.

These students are doing much more than competing in a robotics game – they are learning that these challenges will only be overcome when people realize that we are all on the same team, and that with technology, we can accomplish things we can only imagine by communicating, cooperating, and working together to apply technology as a tool for positive change in the world.



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