50 Nations in U.S. Capital for World’s 1st Robot Olympics

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FIRST Global is launching a whole new kind of Olympics, but this time with a focus on what the next generation’s ingenuity can give us.

With competitors as diverse as an all-female Muslim/Christian team from Jordan to a rural Honduran team whose members must cross a mountain to attend school, FIRST Global will host one team from each of more than 150 nations (in addition to six continental representatives) that have committed to compete in the world’s first high school-level robot Olympics – the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, DC.

Founded by philanthropic inventor Dean Kamen to inspire a passion for science and technology leadership and innovation among the world’s more than two billion youths, FIRST Global (www.first.global) provides the framework for an Olympics-style robotics event that drives home the importance of obtaining the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) skills our future leaders will need to overcome the greatest challenges facing our world – today and tomorrow.