Sobre FIRST Global


FIRST Global is a US-based 501©(3) not-for-profit public charity established by the founder of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), Dean Kamen. NOSSA MISSÃO is to inspire leadership and innovation in youth from all nations by empowering them through education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — also known as STEM.


By nurturing cross-cultural communication and cooperation among high-school students around the world through STEM, we empower them to collectively tackle the world’s most pressing challenges and come up with solutions that improve quality of life for all. The FIRST Global Challenge is our mechanism for doing so. By bringing these future STEM leaders together in an engaging and collaborative competition that drives home the importance, excitement, and applicability of STEM education, FIRST Global is using robots to build kids that have the self-confidence, skill sets, imagination, courage, and vision to do important things.


FIRST Global also strives to convince the various national governments and organizations of the world to embrace STEM education, and to support it by investing in their young adults who will soon begin to make their marks in the world.


youth in the tools of science, technology, engineering, and math.


them to innovate solutions to tackle global challenges.


students worldwide to cooperate and learn from each other.


the next generation of global leaders.


FIRST Global Challenge

O 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 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.

FIRST Global ‘Global STEM Corps’

O FIRST Global ‘Global STEM Corps’ (GSC) connects grassroots volunteers with FIRST Global teams in order to work to motivate students across the globe to pursue fulfilling, exciting, and rewarding lives through STEM education by mentoring them for the FIRST Global Challenge. These community-based volunteers range from civic-minded high school and college students, to entire university robotics and engineering departments.

FIRST Global ‘Higher Education Network’

Leading universities around the world are among the founding members of the FIRST Global Higher Education Network (FGHEN).  Participating institutions are partnered with their nation’s FIRST Global robotics team and provide them with technical mentoring and guidance in becoming leaders in STEM.

“What FIRST Global is trying to do is to say to all of these kids who are imagining fantastic solutions and a better world, ‘You bring your imagination, enthusiasm, and vision of the future to the table, and we’ll bring the tools to make it a reality.’”


—Dean Kamen, FIRST Global Founder 


Dean Kamen é um inventor prolífico, empreendedor e incansável defensor da inovação científica e tecnológica. Seus papéis como inventor e defensor estão interligados com sua paixão pelos usos práticos e reais da tecnologia, e sua determinação pessoal de espalhar a empolgação e as virtudes da STEM para os mais de dois bilhões de jovens em todo o mundo. A motivação de Dean vem de sua firme convicção de que as ferramentas da ciência e da engenharia ajudarão a preparar os jovens do mundo para resolver os desafios globais mais importantes que enfrentamos como planeta, hoje e amanhã.


In an effort to expand the work of FIRST®, Dean created an organization that would focus on planting a seed in every country to make science and technology available to youth all around the world. FIRST Global is the answer to that vision. Serving as the Olympics that youth strive for, FIRST Global inspires the initial development at the ground level, with FIRST® providing support for countries to build a nationwide program.


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Jeff May

Executive Director
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Manager of Development
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GSC & Volunteer Director
Jeff Colangelo

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Production Director
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Digital Director


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