FIRST Global Challenge 2022 - Mauritius in Geneva

7 Young Mauritians in Geneva for International Robotics Competition

Geneva is hosting the FIRST Global Challenge from 13 to 16 October 2022 at Palexpo, an international Olympic-style robotics competition. 7 young Mauritians reached Geneva yesterday to participate in this international robotics competition.

This is the 6th edition and the first event in Europe that will bring together future leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) in a collaborative competition that aims to find solutions to the world’s biggest challenges. The event will be open to the public, but no advance tickets will be available.

A Collaborative Competition to Protect our Shared Atmosphere

Carbon capture! This is the challenge that more than 180 teams will have to tackle from 13 to 16 October. Equipped with a standard kit of robotic parts, teams from 180 countries, including a team of Syrian refugees and 7 all-female teams, will create unique robots to simultaneously compete and collaborate in global alliances of six national teams. The game will incorporate educational components that model the science of carbon capture and storage processes.

An Olympic-style opening ceremony with a parade of nations and flags and a Swiss cultural show will take place on 13 October in the presence of State Councilor Fabienne Fischer and State Secretary for Education, Research and Innovation Martina Hirayama, as well as other school and business leaders and political figures. The award and closing ceremony on 16 October will include 20 different qualitative and quantitative awards.

Team Mauritius for FIRST Global Challenge 2022

After interviewing and assessing 102 applicants, YUVA Mauritius selected the following 7 students to represent Mauritius at the FIRST Global Challenge 2022:

  1. Jugbandhan Sohail
  2. Capiron Jules Shevin
  3. Kaushik Abhinn
  4. Takoor Abhishek
  5. Takoor Devesh
  6. BaindurAditya
  7. Ramrooch Ayush Liladhar 

Addressing the 7 young Mauritians before they leave for Geneva, YUVA Executive Director Krishna Athal said:

“In Geneva, you are representing your country on the highest-profile international robotics competition stage. You are serving as ambassadors of your own country as you champion technology, education, culture, and collaboration. Over the next week, you are no longer your robotics team – you are your nation.”

Krishna Athal, YUVA Executive Director

Inspiring Science And Technology Leadership And Innovation In Youth Of All Nations

The challenges we face as a global society must be addressed, and the next generation can rise to the challenge — together. Through sports and robotics, the nonprofit organization FIRST Global engages youth worldwide to leverage technology and engineering to strengthen their skills and collectively address the world’s most pressing challenges.

STEM and innovation play a role in eradicating poverty and protecting the planet. As such, have a special place in international commitments and agendas, including those related to inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning aimed at gender equity and women’s empowerment.

“This is the only sport where every kid can turn pro. The world desperately needs solutions to its problems. We are creating the next generation of problem solvers and giving them the vision, courage and skills to work together to solve these problems.”

Inventor and FIRST Global founder Dean Kamen

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Registered in February 2015, YUVA started as a group of enthusiastic individuals, and today it has mobilised thousands of young people with a simple aim of creating a better future for children and youth of Mauritius. At the heart of YUVA’s duty lies the conviction that the collective destinies of the human race are bound together.

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