Suriname’s second time at FIRST Global Challenge

Translated from Dutch.

Suriname will again participate in the FIRST Global Challenge this year, which will be held from 15 to 18 August 2018 in Mexico City, Mexico. The goal of this competition, which is organized every year in another country, is to get more young people in the age group 14 – 18 years interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and Robotics, as well as promoting cooperation between countries to work together to discover and build solutions for world problems in areas such as water, energy, medicine, food and education.

Suriname made a good impression last year in Washington DC and finished on spot 49 (from a field of 163 teams). The theme for the 2018 edition is “Energy Impact.” From commonly used fossil fuels to environmentally friendly sources such as sun and wind, energy is a tool that supplies the various parts of our planet with power at various levels. The team that will travel to represent Suriname consists of the 3 teenagers Seth Tjokrodimedjo (18) Joel Naarendorp (17) and Lesley Uiterloo (18) (all Natin students) and technical team mentor Danny Lachman, director Institute for Graduate Studies and Research Suriname (IGSR). The robot from Suriname has the name Zweef Teki 2.0.

The Young Help Suriname Foundation (YHS) is the local coordinator and counterpart of FIRST Global in Suriname for the FIRST Global Challenge games. The purchase of the robot kit and team registration is done with support from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB in Paramaribo). YHS has been able to get scholarships for the teenagers and the mentor to cover the travel and accommodation costs of the 3 students and team mentors.

The Surinamese group still needs to be supported by a team manager and an alternate (team member 2017), each with a special task to promote Suriname worthy. The financing for the travel and accommodation costs of these two has yet to be collected.

FIRST stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’. It is also possible that sponsors register via email to and / or or call 8787147 to support this project.

In return, one will be recognized as a sponsor (by category) on the competition in Mexico City as well as on the FG Team Suriname webpage and YHS FB page and website. In addition to the local media, you can follow the updates from Suriname via the website of FIRST Global and the Facebook page of Stichting Young Help Suriname (GFC).

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