The FIRST Global Challenge is an olympics-style, international robotics competition that takes place in a different country each year. FIRST Global invites each nation to send a team to build and program a robot to compete. Teams work together to complete tasks in a game themed around one of the greatest challenges facing our planet, including the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering, in an effort to foster understanding and cooperation among the youth of the world as they use their abilities to solve the world’s problems. The challenges we face as a global society need to be solved, and the next generation can meet the task — together.
In the past year we have all been touched by difficult challenges in various aspects of our lives as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this time has also shown that STEM provides critical answers to COVID-19 and other major events. In that spirit, the 2021 FIRST Global Challenge focuses on advancing new ways STEM can prioritize practical solutions and counter the effects of the challenges youth and their communities continue to face across the world. The Challenge runs for 12 weeks and consists of three main components.
The FIRST Global Challenge is a truly international robotics event, with more than 190 nations around the world having participated. Participating teams are composed of students aged 14 through 18 years.
By clicking on the map below, you will find information for the teams participating in this year’s FIRST Global Challenge. You can also click on a country to support the national team! Our map will be updated as we receive new information.
With the theme of “Connecting Communities,” the fourth FIRST Global Challenge connected the FIRST Global Community around the world to learn, innovate, and make change together during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the theme of “Ocean Opportunities,” the third FIRST Global Challenge took place in Dubai, with 191 countries participating in the 2019 season.
Themed around the impact of energy, the second iteration of the event took place in Mexico City, with 186 countries participating in the 2018 season.
Themed around providing access to clean water, the inaugural event in Washington, D.C. brought together 157 countries and kicked off FIRST Global and our efforts to positively impact youth around the world through STEM education and opportunities.