SURINAME at the FIRST GLOBAL Robotics Challenge 2017
Washington DC - USA
Training Robotics Team in Suriname
FIRST Global launched the international Robotics games (FIRST Global Challenge - FGC) in 2017. The inaugural games were held in DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC in August.
The mission of FIRST is 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. The games in general aim to stimulate STEM, innovation and its application in robotics for solving the most pressing challenges of our planet, especially those related to water, energy, security, medicine, food, and education. FIRST stands for 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology'. The first game was called H2O Flow and simulated a contaminated river between two villages which team alliances needed to decontaminate while also displaying other
Foundation Young Help Suriname (YHS), is the local counterpart of FIRST Global in Suriname and enables participation of a team for the annual Robotics games. A team of students ages 14 - 18 are trained and mentored towards the games. By being part of FIRST Global, Suriname's Team is connected to a network of STEM knowledge, experience and resources across the globe. While we build young local capacity in STEM and Innovation we lay the foundation for future generations to tab into the established resources and contribute to developing innovative robotics engineering solutions in partnerships for the future.
The 2017 game challenge: H2O Flow
Images of 2017 FGC games in Washington DC
Suriname's performance at the 2017 FGC games in Washington DC - USA
In 2017 Suriname participated in the inaugural games in Washington DC and was ranked on the list of 163 teams from 157 countries as rank 49. Landing in the top 50 was a result of hard work and dedication of a team of three young students with no prior robotics experience. Mentored and supported by a group of 8 volunteers, the team prepared and all the hard work paid of at the games. The robot they designed and built called Sweef-teki (literally meaning 'slide and grab') performed to the expectations of the team. The most difficult part of the game challenge, which delivered the most points (20 points) was the element Sweef-teki did seamlessly and so added to the total score of its alliance in almost each game round it played.
Ranking list of the 2017 games:
01 - Team Europe
02 - Poland
04 - Israel
10 - Guyana
15 - Singapore
18 - India
27 - China
49 - Suriname
75 - Australia
91 - Denmark
101 - Mexico
107 - Iceland
116 - Team North-America
129 - Canada
130 - Brasil
137 - England
139 - Netherlands
141 - USA
149 - France
151 - Russia
The full 2017 Team Ranking list can be found here.
Team manager with 2017 Team: L-R:
I. Codrington, S.Sital, A.Jhagroe and
D. dos Ramos (alternate)
Team 2017 final team: L-R:
Dr. D. Lachman; S. Sital; A. Jhagroe; I. Codrington
View project team members here.