Frequently Asked Questions

When and where will the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge take place?

The 2018 FIRST Global Challenge will be held August 15-18, 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico.

How do I participate in the FIRST Global Challenge?

FIRST Global’s mission is to inspire the youth of the world to pursue careers in STEM. We aim to inspire them to become future leaders in resolving our world’s technological challenges, and to teach them the value of collaborating with others to reach their goals. To achieve these goals, FIRST Global invites each country to send one team to our “olympics”-style event, a choice that each nation makes in its own way. FIRST Global partners with FIRST in countries where they have programs, and other partners in countries without, to choose those who select that country’s team.


If you’re interested in being considered, you can fill out our interest form. If you are an individual and are interested in being a part of the FIRST Global Challenge, you can contact and we can try connecting you with the people in your country. There are also other ways you can get involved. See the answer to the question “How can I get involved?” below.

How can I get involved?

You can become involved with FIRST Global as an international robotic mentor or at the game as an on-site volunteer. People with all types of skill sets can make a difference.


The Global STEM Corps

The Global STEM Corps (GSC) is an international group of STEM activists dedicated to working directly with a FIRST Global team. Their active mentorship will bring inspiration to regions of the world that are preparing to step onto the stage of international robotics.


By becoming part of FIRST Global’s Global STEM Corps, you can bring the excitement of STEM to youth around the world on a personal level. Fill in some basic information about yourself or your organization via our registration system and our organizers will work to partner you with a nation’s team taking part in the FIRST Global Challenge. After receiving your partner team’s information, you will be able to virtually mentor this team through video, email and other internet tools.


If you are interested in becoming a GSC Mentor or learning more about the program, please visit the Global STEM Corps page.



Another way you can get involved is as a volunteer at the FIRST Global Challenge itself. Volunteers are welcome to serve in a multitude of different roles, and these positions are available for people with many different talents and experience levels. You can learn more on our Volunteers page.


Background checks are required for all volunteer positions, including the Global STEM Corps and are paid for by FIRST Global.

Can I attend the event as a spectator?

Yes! The event will be open to the public. Volunteers will be given priority for event access, and attendance information for the general public will be posted prior to the opening of the event.

How many individuals are on a team?

Each team must consist of between three to five students, ages 14 to 18 years, along with one adult technical mentor/coach and one team organizer. This group forms the official team. Note that there is no limit to the number of team members or adult technical mentors/coaches who can work on the robot at home. However, official credentials will only be issued to a maximum of five student competitors and two adult mentors/coaches for the event. For any special requests or extenuating circumstances, please contact

How do I register my team for the FIRST Global Challenge?

Once your team is confirmed to attend, the official team mentor will be emailed information for how to register.

What equipment is used in the FIRST Global Competition?

FIRST Global teams will use a self-contained educational robotics kit that includes all needed mechanical, electrical, and software components. The build set is designed to be usable by both beginner and experienced teams. There have been many changes to the robot kit initially used in 2017, so it is necessary for each team to receive a new kit for the 2018 FIRST Global Challenge.


The equipment is divided into a “build component” and a “programming component.” Some of the build components include brackets, extrusions, fastening hardware, hardware adaptors, bearings, wheels of different sizes, gears, pulleys, motors, servos, and sprockets. All parts can be fastened together with parts inside of the kit and do not require additional connective materials.


Some of the programming component options include Android Studios suite (which allows coding in Java), along with a visual programming block language that is for beginners.

When can I build my robot for the FIRST Global Challenge 2018?

FIRST Global Challenge participants will begin building their robot after the robot kit is shipped. Teams are welcome to continue building all the way until the team arrives in Mexico City for the 2018 competition.

How can I get additional parts or another robot kit?

If your team would like to purchase additional parts or robot kits, this will not be done through FIRST Global. You must email and put “FIRST Global” in the subject line. RevRobotics will work with you to place the order and ship the kits.

Can we use the FIRST Global logo/branding?

Teams may use the official FIRST Global logo for the purposes of identifying their participation in the FIRST Global Challenge and for sponsorship purposes. However, no modifications are allowed to be made to the logo; this includes no additions, subtractions, changes in color, etc. For advertising purposes, teams can create social media pages.

How do I secure passports for members of my team?

Check with your country’s own passport authority for accurate passport information, and the Mexico Embassy in your country for exact Visa information.  You can find more information on our Logistics page.

Do I need to secure Visas for members of my team?

Unless you are from a county that is included in Mexico’s Visa Waiver Program, you will be required to secure visas for every member of your team. If you are from a country that is included in the Visa Waiver Program, you may still be required to secure a visa to travel for a number of reasons. Check with the Mexico Embassy located in your country to be sure. You can find more information on our Logistics page.

What if I have an interesting photo/video/story I’d like featured on FIRST Global's social media platforms or in the newsletter?

If you are a FIRST Global team and have any photos, videos, or stories you would like to have featured on our social media platforms or in our newsletter, please contact

What are the Grand Challenges for Engineering and how do they relate to FIRST Global?

The Grand Challenges for Engineering are the 14 most pressing engineering challenges facing the world as identified by the US National Academy of Engineering, UK Royal Academy of Engineering, and Chinese Academy of Engineering. The challenges range from finding solutions to energy and education, to medicine and cyberspace. The game design for the FIRST Global robotics game will draw thematic inspiration from the different Grand Challenges, which began with providing access to clean water in the 2017 Challenge. For a list of all of the challenges, see their website.