World-leading wireless technology innovator Qualcomm Incorporated has partnered with Global PreK-12 nonprofit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to support the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge in Singapore. Conducted from March 25 to 27, up to one thousand students participated in the hybrid-format FLL Challenge.
With the aim of fostering future innovators, the Singapore FLL Challenge is a research and robotics tournament for nine to 16-year-old students that exposed Singapore youth to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Throughout the course of several weeks, teams researched, planned, programmed, and tested fully automatic robots to compete in the challenge.
“Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is the foundation for everything we do. STEM supports the brainpower behind the breakthrough technologies and inventions we bring to life. As a technology leader and a company of inventors, Qualcomm is committed to providing future innovators with the skills and knowledge to solve global challenges,” said Angela Baker, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Qualcomm Incorporated. “That’s why Qualcomm has funded STEM organizations like FIRST, so that we help to foster interest in STEM and inspire students to join the next generation of inventors.”
“We highly appreciate the support that Qualcomm has given, which has allowed us to reach out to many more students and support students from financially-challenged background who benefitted greatly from Qualcomm’s sponsorship,” said Hozefa Aziz, CEO, Duck Learning, the operational partner of FLL in Singapore. “The support from Qualcomm has given a huge boost to STEM Education in Singapore.”
210 registered teams presented their design concept behind the robots at the online event. Qualcomm Technologies Inc. also provided volunteer support from its Singapore, China, Cambridge and Bangalore affiliates to help facilitate the event.
Qualcomm Incorporated has a long-standing partnership with FIRST, providing students with financial support for 15 years in eight countries: Korea, Israel, India, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Qualcomm’s sponsorship supported nine FLL teams and helped organize the online event.