FIRST Global 2017 – DAR Constitution Hall
FIRST Global organizes a yearly international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among the more than two billion youths across the world. The not-for-profit public charity provides the framework for an “Olympics”-style robotics challenge where one team from every nation is invited to participate in a global robotics event that builds bridges between high school students with different backgrounds, languages, religions, and customs. 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 inspires students to learn the skills they will need to make the discoveries their parents and grandparents would consider miracles, impossibilities, or just plain science fiction.
For Uganda, everything that FIRST Global represents is a dream come true for the students in the country. To be able to meet with different people from different cultures and share different experiences and to add to that, being charged with the mission to change the world is very inspiring to say the least. Last year, through the iLabs@MAK project, a national robotics competition was held under the Science and Technology Innovations Challenge (STIC) that saw various schools from different regions in the country participate and Dr. Obote College Boroboro emerged winners of this competition.
Three students graced the inaugural FIRST Global Competition to represent Uganda for the first time ever. It was an emotional, yet exciting feat the students had to pull off. The student team from Uganda were Patrick Okello, Daniel Okwir and Harriet Akello, all from Dr. Obote College Boroboro. They were accompanied by Ephraim Malinga from the iLabs@MAK Project from Makerere University as their mentor.
They traveled on 14th July to Washington D.C. and were involved in a series of practice sessions with other teams from other nations. This year’s challenge features 160 countries and 163 teams from all over the world with different cultures, languages and backgrounds all with the sole aim of coming together to share in these differences and working together to solve the world’s problems. They are being groomed to be tomorrow’s leaders problem solvers.
The competition highlights can be viewed on the website www.first.global/live. The rankings for all teams can also be viewed via this link. The next competition is scheduled to be held in Mexico. Venue and dates will be communicated in the future.