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Students tackle water solutions in robot Olympics



The Luxembourg team poses for a photograph with the prime minister, Xavier Bettel, before they left for the First Global robot contest in Washington Madhumalti Sharma

The Luxembourg team poses for a photograph with the prime minister, Xavier Bettel, before they left for the First Global robot contest in Washington Madhumalti Sharma

Starting Monday, a team of high school students from Luxembourg will compete for the first time in the First Global international robotics challenge in Washington.

The Olympics-style challenge is designed to motivate teams of young people from every nation to learn and demonstrate skills in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This year’s challenge is about providing access to clean drinking water now and in future. While over one billion people do not have reliable access to clean water right now, by 2040 projections suggest that there will be global water shortages.

“These students are doing much more than competing in a robotics game--they are learning that these challenges will only be overcome when people realise we are all on the same team, and that with technology, we can accomplish things we can only imagine by communicating, cooperating, and working together to apply technology as a tool for positive change in the world,” First Global said on its website.

From 16 to 18 July, Luxembourg will compete against just under 160 other teams from countries including Iran, Yemen and Afghanistan, at the DAR Constitution Hall.

The team is comprised of Pit Baum (captain), Atreyam Sharma, Laura Marker, Kimon Leners, Shawn Teusch, Lina Chen and Yannick Martins Dos Santos. They are mentored by Ronny Osweiler and Annabel Schoellen.

Click here to follow the contest live.