FIRST Global
Challenge

An Olympics-style, international robotics competition that takes place in a different country each year. FIRST Global invites each nation to send a team to build and program a robot to compete.

Why Should You Participate?

Beyond just building robots, the FIRST GLobal Challenge provides invaluable learning experiences that transcend traditional classroom settings.

Develop Problem-Solving Skills

Through designing, building, and programming robots, students learn to think critically and devise solutions to complex problems.

Fostering Creativity and Innovation

Students have the opportunity to unleash their creativity, experiment with different approaches, and refine their ideas through trial and error.

Applied Learning of STEM

Engaging in hands-on activities allows students to gain a deeper understanding of STEM subjects and see how they are interconnected in real-world scenarios.

Promoting Collaboration

Robotics often require students to work in teams, fostering communication, and teamwork skills- students learn how to delegate tasks, share ideas, and collectively achieve goals.

Kids learning Robotics

Our Teams Through the years

2017

1st Team

Team Saint Lucia comprised of students Reshul Narhari, Keeghan Patrick and Shergaun Roserie from the Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), guided by their coach, Mr. Loewenvell Polius.
2018

2nd Team

This team consisted of Kevon Clarke, Taton David, Anna-Kaye Boodho, led by the captain, Dion Recai. All team members were also students from the Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) and Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School - A-Level Department.
2023

3rd Team

Team Saint Lucia was made up of students from as young as 13 to 18 years old, namely Nhyim Auguste, Twinkle St. Cyr, Kaden Paul, Nehal Wadhwani and Saachi Wadhwani. The team was mentored by Orbtronics Ltd, our founders having both participated in the first ever FIRST Global Robotics Challenge in 2017. They were very excited to facilitate Team Saint Lucia’s participation in 2023’s competition and provided the team with all their tips and tricks.

Highlights from 2023

What's in Store for 2024

Team Saint Lucia: Feeding the Future

Sustainable food production is a major challenge of the 21st century. This year's theme is especially relevant for Saint Lucia, where agricultural imports cost about EC $27 million in 2016, according to the Ministry of Agriculture.

Adverse weather events have severely impacted food security. Saint Lucia’s Sectoral Strategy and Action Plan for Agriculture notes that agriculture has been hit hard by extreme weather events. Hurricanes, droughts, and landslides have disrupted national food production. Hurricane Tomas in 2010, following the worst drought in forty years, caused agricultural losses of around XCD 151.8 million. The agricultural sector has yet to fully recover, and climate change presents further threats.

Projects to reduce reliance on external sources and improve food security are ongoing but progress is slow. Data from the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank shows a yearly increase in the food import bill from 2020 onwards.

This issue is not unique to Saint Lucia; about 80% of food in the Caribbean is imported. The Agriculture Adaptation Strategy (2018-2028) aims to help local farmers and support the regional import substitution program, “25 by 2025,” to reduce food imports by 25% by 2025. The theme for this year's FIRST Global Challenge encourages teams to address the obstacles and opportunities in providing the global population with equitable, safe, and environmentally responsible food.

Are you passionate about robotics and technology?

The FIRST Global Challenge is your chance to be part of an exciting international robotics competition!

Submit your application to be considered for the Saint Lucia Robotics Team. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your talents and make a difference while representing your country on the global stage.