Preparing for the 2019 FIRST* Global Robotics Challenge  


                                         *For Inspiration and Recognizion of Science and Technology

Peer mentoring

Images of prep days at training location Staatsolie in Paramaribo, Suriname.

Country: Dubai, United Arab Emirated

Dates: october 2019

Place: Coca Cola Arena

Expected # countries: 160+

Live broadcast link: to be provided

Official  FG Team page: Suriname

Official Suriname FG Partner: YHS

Team Suriname Manager: Ashna Mahepal

Lead Technical Mentor: Dr. Daniel Lachman
Lead Coding Mentor: Shayant Sital
Jr. Project Administrator: Shivani Jhagroe

Assistant Technical Mentor: Ayan Jhagroe
Peer Mentors: Lesley Uiterloo and Ivana Codrington 

Robotics Team Suriname:
Armelle Hijmans (Robot builder)
Jeremy Richaards (Robot programmer)
Joel Naarendorp (Robot builder)
Sergio Satijo (Robot Programmer/Builder)
Vyash Hirasingh (Robot builder)


This year's FGC game challenge is themed 'Ocean Opportunities'. It aims to draw attention to the global challenge of polluted waters and the urgent need for decontamination and preservation with a focus on using robots to remove pollutants.

From Suriname to Washington DC in 2017 to Mexico City in 2018 and now, in 2019, on our way to Dubai (UAE)! Robotics Team Suriname has been there since the start of FIRST Global Challenge (FGC). We have continued to mentor youth in developing robotics, innovation and (international) collaboration skills. Through various awareness activities promoting the importance of technology and robotics for solving real life problems in our world, we have since 2017 reached about 350 students and pupils in various regions in Suriname and from different levels of education.

Foundation Young Help Suriname (YHS), is the official counterpart of Suriname to FIRST Global. FG's mission 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 FGC games in general aim to stimulate STEM, innovation and its application in robotics for solving the most pressing challenges of our planet, as related to water, energy, security, medicine, food, and education. FIRST stands for 'For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology'.


The FGC games are not only the highlight for a young person to have a life time global inspirational experience amidst 160+ countries, but they’re also a lot about the students and mentors becoming aware of the many opportunities of collaboration in the field of technology, innovation and robotics. FG is a platform for opening doors of global cooperation and this is why YHS makes an effort to equip students so that Suriname may be represent, identify the possibilities and make a contribution in the near future. We are looking forward to being on the ‘Ocean Opportunities FG Game field’ this October working together in alliances and simultaneously coopeting with other alliances.


Supporting sponsors

The 2019 Suriname team that will be working on the Suriname Robot

The 2019 Mentor Team and  Junior coordinator

Suriname's performance in 2017 and 2018 FGC games 

In 2018 Suriname participated at the FIRST Global game challenge held in Mexico City and ranked on the list of 161 in the top 53 countries with most cumulative points in alliance; while based on number of games won, we ended on spot 103.  In 2017 Suriname ended in the top 50 on a list of 163 teams. More on: FGC 2017 and FGC2018.

  01 - Team Romania

  02 - USA
  04 - Mexico

  14 - Denmark

  21 - UK

  27 - Germany

  43- Israel

  58 - India

  89 - Guyana

  96 - New Zealand

103 - Suriname

104 - Canada

115 - Team North-America

131 -  Russia

140 -  Europe

142 - Netherlands

143 - France

147 - Belgium

157 - Australia

161 - Phillipines

  01 -  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 - Engeland

139 - Netherlands

141 - USA

149 - France

151 - Russia

  The full Team Ranking lists can be found here: 2017 and 2018.

Team Design discussions


Team Talks

The 2019 game challenge 'Ocean Opportunities

The 2018 Opening Ceremony walk - Mexico City

Preparation stages the Suriname team will go through in Suriname:

  • Ideation

  • Robot Design 

  • Prototyping: Conversion of design to mechanical design

  • Wiring and programming

  • Testing and operating

  • Adjustments in design, programming

  • Trial and error runs (PDCA cycle repetitions)

  • Testing on 2019 FGC Game Challenge field model

Getting ready for the october challenge

Current stage:


Prototyping, wiring, coding and trial runs.

Updates on this page are added as preparations
 in Suriname progresses.
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