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.

Volunteer Shoutout Around the World

2020 FIRST Global Challenge International Recipe Book

 

Coming soon!

Glorious Global Motion Machine

 

Coming soon!

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

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.

STEM Talk III: Topic To Be Announced Soon

Date and details to be announced.

STEM Talk IV: Topic To Be Announced Soon

Date and details to be announced.

STEM Talk V: Topic To Be Announced Soon

Date and details to be announced.

STEM Talk VI: Topic To Be Announced Soon

Date and details to be announced.

Crystal Valentine Bio

Crystal Valentine started her career at Tata Consultancy Services as an IT Analyst in India before joining Accenture Sweden as an IT consultant. She currently works as a Product Owner of Alfa Laval’s ecommerce platform and as a Delivery Manager for their Commercial Content tools. After successfully delivering a proof of concept for a conversational AI solution, she is currently building skills in AI Product management.

 

She has extensive experience working with geographically distributed IT teams and is skilled in agile methodologies. An obsessive systems thinker, she continuously looks to improve the ways of working both in the IT systems used and also process followed.

 

Crystal has been a Judge at FIRST Global since 2017 and helped organize the teams from the Nordics to compete in the inaugural year. She has spent many years as a volunteer during her schooling years, raising awareness about drug/alcohol addiction and of local blind beliefs/superstitions. She has also been part of various community service projects.

 

Her educational background includes:

    • B.E. in Electrical and Electronics, MIT Manipal
    • Certified SCRUM Master
    • Certified APRIMO Enterprise MRM

Nilesh Shah Bio

Nilesh Shah is the Managing Director at Modern Engineering & Spring Company. He is a strategic leader with a progressive career of 20 years providing the vision and direction needed to achieve sustained growth whilst decreasing costs for his company.

 

Nilesh has been the Lead Mentor for several FRC teams in India after his son, Aadiv, got involved in FIRST programs. Wanting to inspire students and drive change, he co-founded FIRST India Community – an organization seeking to create a sustainable STEM network aimed at promoting and connecting STEM programs in schools, colleges, corporate businesses, communities and neighborhoods. He is Woodie Flowers award recipient for Best Mentor, and has been involved with FIRST Global for several years.

 

His educational background includes:

    • Management In Business Administration in Marketing from Institute For Technology & Management, SIES Mumbai
    • Bachelor Of Engineering – Machine Tools K. J. Somaiya College Of Engineering, Mumbai
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. Ask your questions in advance or in the chat during the call.

Technical Training Session II

Date and details to be announced.

Technical Training Session III

Date and details to be announced.

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.

LEADERBOARD

CALENDAR

FOLLOW THE ACTION

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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