The inaugural FIRST Global challenge will be held 16-18 July 2017 in Washington, DC (on the grounds of the Constitutional Hall). The challenge is organized as Olympic competition among the teams from more than 160 countries. The national teams will be composed of high school-age youth (15-18 years old). The goals of this global challenge is to excite youth about the value of investing in and pursuing stem education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).
FIRST Global aims to inspire science and technology leadership and innovation in young people from all nations in order to increase understanding, impress the importance of cooperation, address the world’s most pressing issues, and improve quality of life for all.Our country will be represented by the Georgia Robotics Team, which is organized by American Academy in Tbilisi. The team includes students from such prominent schools with interest in robotics, as Tbilisi Komarov Physics-Mathematics School and I.Vekua Physics-Mathematics School.
The national team has started its preparation for the global challenge. A robot set has been brought to Georgia and design works by the team are underway. The outcome of a competition will depend not only a design and reliability of the robot, but on the team’s ability to collaborate with allied teams. The grand challenge theme for the 2017 global challenge is access to clean water.
Brief Interviews of participants:
“Our combined efforts will help us to achieve more than we are hoping to achieve” , Sophie Bregadze
“Our generation grew up with technologies in their hands. With this knowledges we will be able to solve social problems that we cannot overcome today and help the society made the world better place to live”, Kate Kachniauri
“I have interaction with people of my age, people who have the same interests and goals in the future, they understand each other “ – Elene Bakhtadze
“I find very important the fact that it not about the winner, it’s about collaboration and about being the best helping each other” Ilia Mestvirishvili , Mentor
“This competition is important to me, because we have a chance to introduce our country to the rest of the world”, Rezi Bakuradze
Additional Information: Established in 1989 by Dean Kamen, a famous entrepreneur and scientist, FIRST has been driven by the enthusiasm of the students as they cooperate together in teams, assembling their own robot to compete in local, regional and national robotic games. Today, over 500,000 students come together in robotic competitions and more than 200 Fortune 500 companies provide funding and mentorship to FIRST and its teams. For more information, please, visit: http://first.global/