Nearly 160 Nations, from Iran to Yemen, – including a Team of Syrian Refugees – to Compete at World’s First International Robot Olympics in Washington, D.C.

One High School Team from Each Country to Convene in the Name of Science and Robotics from July 16-18 at DAR Constitution Hall 

For Immediate Release

July 6, 2017
Washington, D.C. – FIRST Global ( is hosting the world’s first international robot Olympics for high-school students, with nearly 160 participating nations – along with six continental teams representing the major land masses – each committed to sending one team to represent their country on the world stage. The Opening Ceremony for the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge will take place the evening on July 16th at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC.

With a mission to inspire science and technology interest and innovation among the 2 billion youth of the world, FIRST Global ( is determined to provide an equal opportunity for all students to explore the exciting world of STEM and untap their potential through the sport of robotics.

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