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.

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. Learn more about Dean via his bio below.

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.

Dean Kamen Bio

Dean Kamen is an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a tireless advocate for science and technology. His roles as inventor and advocate are intertwined—his own passion for technology and its practical uses has driven his personal determination to spread the word about technology’s virtues and by so doing to change the culture of the United States.

 

As an inventor, he holds more than 1000 U.S. and foreign patents, many of them for innovative medical devices that have expanded the frontiers of health care worldwide. While still a college undergraduate, he invented the first wearable infusion pump, which rapidly gained acceptance from such diverse medical specialties as oncology, neonatology, and endocrinology. In 1976, he founded his first medical device company, AutoSyringe, Inc., to manufacture and market the pumps. Then, working with leading diabetes researchers, Dean pioneered the design and adoption of the first portable insulin pump. It was quickly demonstrated that using a pump could much more effectively control patients’ blood glucose levels. At age 30, he sold AutoSyringe to Baxter Healthcare Corporation.

 

Following the sale of AutoSyringe, Inc., he founded DEKA Research & Development Corporation to develop internally generated inventions as well as to provide research and development for major corporate clients. Kamen led DEKA’s development of the HomeChoiceTM peritoneal dialysis system for Baxter International Inc. The HomeChoiceTM system allows patients to be dialyzed in the privacy and comfort of their home and quickly became the worldwide market leader. Kamen also led the development of technology to improve slide preparation for the CYTYC (now Hologic Inc.) ThinPrep® Pap Test. Kamen-led DEKA teams have also developed critical components of the UVARTM XTSTM System, an extracorporeal photophereisis device marketed by Therakos, a unit of Johnson & Johnson, for treatment of T-Cell lymphoma. An advanced prosthetic arm in development for DARPA should advance the quality of life for returning injured soldiers. Other notable developments include the HydroflexTM surgical irrigation pump for C.R. Bard, the CrownTM stent, an improvement to the original Palmaz-Schatz stent, for Johnson & Johnson, the iBOTTM mobility device, and the Segway® Human Transporter.

 

Kamen has received many awards for his efforts. Notably, Kamen was awarded the National Medal of Technology in 2000. Presented by President Clinton, this award was in recognition for inventions that have advanced medical care worldwide, and for innovative and imaginative leadership in awakening America to the excitement of science and technology. Kamen was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 1997.  He was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2002, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in May 2005.  He is a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering, as well as many other national and international engineering organizations.

 

In addition to DEKA, one of Dean’s proudest accomplishments is founding both FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and FIRST® Global, organizations dedicated to motivating the next generation to understand, use and enjoy science and technology.

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 17 September at 7:00PM UTC

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

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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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