Welcome to Our Community

 

Each year the FIRST Global season engages youth around the world in STEM. But in a time where we can’t gather in person, we’re launching a fun way for our FIRST Global community to remain connected. Just like other seasons, we’ll have volunteer involvement, national teams, and lots of engagement. Join us for a season filled with social media and technical challenges, talks by STEM professionals, and technical training sessions, all while connecting with the FIRST Global community around the world.

2020 FIRST Global Challenge Community Portrait

“We Are the Generation” Promotional Video

 

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Volunteer Shoutout Around the World

2020 FIRST Global Challenge Flavors of the World Recipe Book

 

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Glorious Global Motion Machine

 

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CHALLENGES

We are releasing weekly challenges via social media, of which there are two types— Social Media Challenges that require submitting content in response to various prompts, as well as Technical Challenges. Although official teams are the only ones eligible to earn points, our challenges are open to everyone, so please feel free to join in! Make sure to post publicly and @F1RSTglobal.

What Does STEM Mean to You?

Challenge #1 - Quarantine Time

1 July - 3 July

Challenge #2 - Technical Challenge I

4 July - 20 July

Challenge #3 - Dream Big

7 July - 9 July

Challenge #4 - Mic Drop

11 July - 13 July

Challenge #5 - Got Talent?

14 July - 16 July

Challenge #6 - Volunteer Shoutout

18 July - 20 July

Challenge #7 - Project Impact

22 July - 7 Aug

Challenge #8 - Let Those Words Flow

24 July - 28 July

Challenge #9 - You've Got a Friend in Me

29 July - 31 July

Challenge #10 - Technical Challenge II

1 Aug - 15 Aug

Challenge #11 - What's Cooking?

5 Aug - 9 Aug

Challenge #12 - Lights, Camera, Action

10 Aug - 12 Aug

Challenge #13 - Alumni Spotlight

13 Aug - 17 Aug

Challenge #14 - Technical Challenge III

16 Aug - 29 Aug

Challenge #15 - Say Cheese

18 Aug - 20 Aug

Challenge #16 - Contact Your Government

22 Aug - 28 Aug

Challenge #17 - For the Ladies

26 Aug - 28 Aug

Challenge #18 - In the News

29 Aug - 4 Sep

Challenge #19 - Technical Challenge IV

30 Aug - 14 Sep

Challenge #20 - School's in Session

2 Sep - 4 Sep

Challenge #21 - Mother Tongue

7 Sep - 9 Sep

Challenge #22 - We Believe in You

12 Sep - 14 Sep

Challenge #23 - Technical Challenge V

15 Sep - 25 Sep

Challenge #24 - Show & Tell Time

19 Sep - 21 Sep

Challenge #25 - Reflections

23 Sep - 25 Sep

STEM TALKS

You are invited to join us for online presentations by engaging and inspiring supporters of FIRST Global who will discuss various topics relating to STEM and their experiences, provide tips to students, and answer questions.

The Man Behind the Mic: Q&A with Tim Dodds

Saturday 11 July at 1:00PM UTC

Tim Dodds has been the “voice” of FIRST Global since 2017, so he’s seen our organization grow from the beginning. Join us as we learn more about Tim, his perspectives as a teacher, and what he has learned from his work with FIRST Global over the past three years.

From Engineer to Volunteer with Crystal and Nilesh

Saturday 1 August at 1:00PM UTC

Crystal and Nilesh have been involved with FIRST Global since 2017, so they’ve seen the direct impact of FIRST Global on countless youth. Join us as we learn about how their engineering careers led them to volunteering, and how students can use their FIRST Global experience and an engineering degree as a stepping stone to an impactful life.

Changing the World One Kid at a Time with Dean Kamen

Saturday 15 August at 1:00PM UTC

This speaker needs no introduction… meet the inventor, the philanthropist, the man himself — Dean Kamen! Join us as we learn about the importance of using the tools of STEM, now more than ever, to inspire youth to tackle global challenges.

Forging a Path as a Woman in STEM with Naoka and Victoria

Saturday 5 September at 1:00PM UTC

From designing medical devices, to improving manufacturing and other technologies, join us as we learn from female engineers who’ve been living their STEM dreams. They’ll talk about their experiences, as well as insights for other females interested in pursuing STEM careers.

Learning From Alumni with Carolain, Tshenollo, Sarah, and Rafik

Saturday 12 September at 1:00PM UTC

Learning from those who’ve tread the path before can be an insightful process for any novice. Join us as we learn from students who have participated in a FIRST Global Challenge in the past and have now moved on to pursue higher education toward achieving their STEM career.

Full STEAM Ahead with will.i.am

Saturday 26 September at 1:00PM UTC

Musician, tech entrepreneur, and philanthropist will.i.am is a firm advocate for the importance of STEAM skills development in youth, and has been a long-time supporter of FIRST and FIRST Global. Join us as we learn more about his perspectives on STEAM education, the work he’s doing, and his insights on questions submitted by the FIRST Global community.

Launching into the World of STEM with Anousheh Ansari

Saturday 3 October at 1:00PM UTC

As the first female private space explorer, as well as the CEO of XPRIZE, an organization that operates incentive competitions to solve humanity’s greatest challenges, Anousheh Ansari knows how to use STEM as a launching pad to reach for the stars. Join us as we learn more from her experiences in space and innovation, and how youth can harness their own skills to achieve their dreams.

will.i.am Bio

will.i.am has been recognized by seven Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, a CLIO Award, the World Economic Forum’s Crystal Award, and an Honorary Fellowship by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

 

Among his leadership roles in entertainment and business are:  frontman of Black Eyed Peas; Consulting Producer and guest on “The Age of AI” series/YouTube Learning with Robert Downey Jr.; Executive Producer, “Parkland Rising” documentary film with Katie Couric;  Coach on “The Voice” (UK) for nine seasons, and Coach on “The Voice Kids” (UK) for four seasons; Mentor on “The Voice” (US); Guest Recording Artist on NBC’s “Songland”; Executive Producer and Mentor on “Planet of the Apps”/Apple TV with Gwyneth Paltrow and Jessica Alba; creator/performer, “Yes We Can” music video; voice actor and composer on “Madagascar”/(FOX); and actor in “RIO” and RIO2” (FOX) films.

 

Through his i.amMEDIA creative content unit, will.i.am is currently developing a slate of feature films, documentaries and television programs, including “Masters of the Sun-The Zombie Chronicles”, a graphic novel presented by the Black Eyed Peas and Marvel Comics, featuring Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and live concert experiences. He is also the co-author of a young adult sci-fi novel, “Wizards and Robots” with Penguin Publishing, now being adapted for the screen.

 

will.i.am collaborates with global brands on creative campaigns and events, among them Accenture, AB InBev, Atom Bank, Bacardi, Beats Electronics, Dr. Pepper, Intel, Lexus, Nestle, Pepsi, Salesforce, Stradigi AI, Super Bowl, The Coca-Cola Company, UEFA Champions League, and World Cup/FIFA.  He is also the founder & CEO of I.AM+, a company that develops AI-based customer service applications using natural language interaction.

 

He a member of the World Economic Forum’s Fourth Industrial Revolution Advisory Committee and Global Artificial Intelligence Council that monitors the impact of technology on society, people and work. He also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Generation AI working group that examines the interaction of AI and youth across education, play, data rights and privacy.

 

His i.am.angel Foundation supports in-class and after-school STEAM education programs for disadvantaged youth in grades K – 12. As a member of the FIRST robotics organization’s board of directors, will.i.am also serves as a global advocate regarding the vital importance of STEAM skills development as the basis of an educated workforce that can fill the jobs of today, and tomorrow.

Anousheh Ansari Bio

Anousheh Ansari is a CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, the world’s leader in designing and operating incentive competitions to solve humanity’s grand challenges. Ansari, along with her family, sponsored the organization’s first competition, the Ansari XPRIZE, a $10 million competition that ignited a new era for commercial spaceflight.  Since then, she has served on XPRIZE’s Board of Directors.

 

Prior to being named CEO of XPRIZE, Ansari served as the CEO of Prodea Systems, a leading Internet of Things (IoT) technology firm she co-founded in 2006, and continues to serve as the executive chairwoman. She captured headlines around the world when she embarked upon an 11-day space expedition, accomplishing her childhood dream of becoming the first female private space explorer, first astronaut of Iranian descent, first Muslim woman in space, and fourth private explorer to visit space.

 

Ansari serves on the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council and has received numerous honors, including the WEF Young Global Leader, Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and STEM Leadership Hall of Fame, among others. She is a UNESCO Good Will Ambassador and serves on the board of Jabil and Peace First, as well as several other not-for-profit organizations focused on STEM education and youth empowerment.

 

Ansari also co-founded The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, announced at the Tri Hita Karana (THK) Forum on Sustainable Development in Bali, Indonesia, with a goal of investing $1 billion in women-founded companies by 2020.

 

She published her memoir, My Dream of Stars, to share her life story as inspiration for young women around the world.

 

Ansari holds a BS in electronics and computer engineering from George Mason University, an MS in electrical engineering from George Washington University; and honorary doctorates from George Mason University, Utah Valley University, and International Space University.

TECHNICAL TRAININGS

In partnership with REV Robotics, FIRST Global will hold informational sessions on topics related to FIRST Global robots and the kit of parts.

Robot Design, Tips, and Tricks

Thursday 23 July at 7:00PM UTC

Join REV Robotics for a live video call to discuss topics ranging from general questions, robot design, and technical advice.

Mastering Robot Control with Programming and Sensors

Thursday 20 August at 7:00PM UTC

This session will include discussion and examples related to programming, using sensors, and making the most out of teleoperated control.

Getting Started with Computer-Aided Design

Thursday 10 September at 7:00PM UTC

Learn about computer-aided design (CAD), tips for using SOLIDWORKS CAD software, and advice on robot-related design.

RESOURCES

LEARN AND BUILD SKILLS FROM HOME

Want to develop your STEM skills? From coding and programming, to 3-D modeling, CAD, and simulation, to building robots, to other learning opportunities, we’ve compiled a variety of resources to aid in your learning journey.

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COMMUNITY FEED

Teams are participating in fun weekly challenges via social media. As students submit content for the challenges, their teams earn points toward prizes and awards! We’ll be collecting some of the best submissions here.

Team Serbia 🇰🇭 Letting Those Words Flow

 

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Team Nepal 🇳🇵 Letting Those Words Flow

Team Cambodia 🇰🇭 Letting Those Words Flow

Team Poland 🇵🇱 Letting Those Words Flow

Team Venezuela’s 🇻🇪 Takeoff for Technical Challenge I

 

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Team Montenegro’s 🇲🇪 Takeoff for Technical Challenge I

 

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Team Spain’s 🇪🇸 Takeoff for Technical Challenge I

Team Liberia’s 🇱🇷 Takeoff for Technical Challenge I

Team Mexico 🇲🇽 has Got Talent

Team Iran 🇮🇷 has Got Talent

Team Paraguay 🇵🇾 has Got Talent

 

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Team Greece 🇬🇷 has Got Talent

Team Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 Mic Drop

Team Sudan 🇸🇩 Mic Drop

Team Pakistan 🇵🇰 Mic Drop

 

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Team Qatar 🇶🇦 Mic Drop

Team Honduras 🇭🇳 Dreaming Big

The members of Team Honduras 🇭🇳 have a collective dream — obtaining university degrees. Coming from a place where the majority of the population is below the poverty line, they know that education is the key to unlocking a better future. A dream inspired, in part, through FIRST Global.

Team People’s Republic of China 🇨🇳 Dreaming Big

 

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XuCheng dreams to improve educational equality for youth around the world, especially in STEM. ❝STEM can really empower the development of human civilization, however, not all students have the chance to know about these powerful driving forces… In order to achieve my goal, STEM is my foundation.❞ —XuCheng, Team People’s Republic of China 🇨🇳

Team Kosovo 🇽🇰 Dreaming Big

 

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Albana dreams to extend STEM to others. ❝As I got to experience what it’s like being part of a big community such as FIRST Global, it made me want to give this opportunity to other people too. Now that’s my dream, getting other people involved in STEM fields, giving them a chance to see the world from a different perspective.❞ —Albana, Team Kosovo 🇽🇰

Team Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦 Dreaming Big

 

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Armin dreams to be a mathematician and programmer in the future. ❝We need to motivate people to dream big, but also work on their dreams. I want to make the world a better place, and to help people have better lives. STEM completely fits into it because it contains everything I need to achieve it.❞ —Armin, Team Bosnia and Herzegovina 🇧🇦

Team Albania’s 🇦🇱 Quarantine Time

Team Libya’s 🇱🇾 Quarantine Time

Team Comoros’ 🇰🇲 Quarantine Time

Team Philippines’ 🇵🇭 Quarantine Time

Team Colombia 🇨🇴 What STEM Means

❝For me, STEM is more than a word, it’s a universal tool that affects change, opportunity, and progress… STEM has given me great opportunities to get closer to my goals, and to be a positive reference point to my close circle. And although STEM means something different to each of us, we agree on something — we have much to improve in our life itself, and generate tools of great use to the world thanks to the STEM development.❞ —Carolain, Team Colombia 🇨🇴

Team Belize 🇧🇿 What STEM Means

 

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❝For me, STEM is not just an acronym, it is a community. A community and family of learners who are eager, open minded, and willing to understand others’ opinions and perspectives. It is a place where you can showcase your talents, work on your passions, and find your true calling. Just like any family, you have to invest time and energy into it. STEM is an investment into the future. Although we cannot predict the future, having great STEM skills will allow us to be prepared for anything.❞ —Lance, Team Belize 🇧🇿

Team Madagascar 🇲🇬 What STEM Means

STEM gathers all people around the world. So whatever our age, gender, or nationality, we can all be a STEM warrior. Thanks to FIRST Global, even youth like me can interchange and know better about STEM. For me, we can do great things with STEM because in STEM, we’re not only building robots, we also explore and discover new things, like the beauty of the universe and its secrets. We learn something new, and share them to others. We also solve multiple problems… STEM gives us the power to understand and change the world, so let’s be curious; let’s ignite our imagination and creativity and build together a new world, a safe world, and a better world for everyone.❞ —Zo-Hary, Team Madagascar 🇲🇬

Team South Africa 🇿🇦 What STEM Means

 

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❝We may not be able to understand each other’s languages, but we have a common goal, which is to use STEM to make the world a better place. The FIRST Global Challenge uses robotics to create a platform where STEM unites the youth.❞ —Jared, Team South Africa 🇿🇦

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