These Caribbean teams were named winners at a recent international STEM competition

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In a celebratory live video on Saturday, FIRST Global highlighted the projects by teams from different countries participating in the 2020 FIRST Global Challenge. The hosts of the virtual event also announced the 2020 award and prize winners of the challenge. Among the prize winners are Teams Guyana, Jamaica, and Saint Kitts and Nevis.

This year’s challenge had three major awards and 50 prizes for teams who performed exceptionally. Every year the competition brings together future STEM leaders with different technical skills, expertise, mindsets, and cultures to address issues such as water pollution and climate change to persuade governments and organizations to embrace STEM education.

Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and established FIRST Global as a US-based not-for-profit public charity. Since the first annual international challenge in 2017, the competition FIRST Global has been inviting teams of young people aged 14 through 18 from every nation.

The 2020 version of the Challenge involved weekly challenges from July to September. The challenges were broken down into Social Media Challenges and Technical Challenges. One of the Technical Challenges prompted participants to build a paper airplane and a launcher to help achieve the longest possible flight distance.

Another Technical Challenge invited teams to design and model a realistic robotic mechanism to automate an everyday task. This challenge was sponsored by SolidWorks. Other challenges called for participants to share their aspirations and even work on solving issues in their local communities.

Teams from more than 190 countries participated in these activities. According to the co-chairs at the virtual event, around 50 judges evaluated some 2000 submissions from the teams over the three months.

At the end of the challenge season, the team from Bangladesh ranked number one with 117 points. Teams Guyana and St. Kitts and Nevis ranked 27th and 35th, respectively. Finishing in the 44th place, the teams from Jamaica and Belize tied with Team Bulgaria. Team Grenada ranked 75th.

Every year the FIRST Global Challenge leaves a positive impact on participants, as expressed by several teams from different nations.

“This competition has given us knowledge, notions, values, aptitudes, and abilities that mark my life as a future professional using STEM and socializing with other countries,” said one participant from Paraguay.

Another participant representing Namibia expressed that “Personally, FIRST Global has done more than just connect and cultivate young minds. It has imbued a sense of control and hope for the future.”

Watch the 2020 FIRST Global Challenge Celebration video to learn about various teams and their submissions!



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