First Global, an international non-profit organization focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), is this year holding the First Global Challenge 2018 in Mexico City, bringing together participants from more than 160 countries.
Scheduled for August 15 to 18 at the Mexico City Arena, the event will focus on solving energy efficiency problems with the creation of robots, according to a press release.
More than 1,000 secondary and high school students, between 14 and 18 years old, will represent their countries in the “Energy Challenge” competition. Each team, consisting of up to five young people, has a standard kit of parts to build a robot capable of feeding power plants to scale and build a transmission network in the most efficient way. The representative teams of each country will be encouraged to make random alliances in order to score points and reach their goal.
The First Global Challenge reflects how science and engineering, in an environment of cooperation, communication, and teamwork, can help solve many of the great challenges facing humanity. In July 2017, the first edition of the First Global Challenge was held in the city of Washington, USA, where young people competed to generate access to drinking water. In this event, the Mexican team obtained third place.
Ricardo Salinas, founder of Grupo Salinas and founding member of First Global, is both host and chairman of the organizing committee for the 2018 First Global Challenge in Mexico City, and is firmly committed to supporting the education of young people. First Global’s goal is to inspire leadership and innovation in young people to address the most relevant problems globally and improve the quality of life of society.