SEMI Partners With FIRST Global to Promote STEM Education Among Students

  • Under this partnership, SEMI will leverage its global platform to help bring FIRST Global’s annual robotics challenge to more students around the world.
  • The 2019 FIRST Global Challenge will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from October 24-27.

SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics design and manufacturing supply chain, has signed an MoU with US-based non-profit organization FIRST Global to inspire young students worldwide to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) educations and careers.

Established by Dean Kamen, the legendary inventor of the Segway and an advocate for science and technology, the organization runs the FIRST Global Challenge, an annual international robotics event for students.

Under the agreement, SEMI will leverage its global platform to help bring the FIRST Global Challenge to more young students around the world and inspire them to pursue a STEM education.

Talent Gap in Semiconductor Industry

The MOU aligns with SEMI Works, the holistic SEMI programme designed to improve the industry’s image and provide educational programmes for all age groups across the education continuum. SEMI Works aims to strengthen the semiconductor industry’s talent pipeline and overcome its shortage of skilled workers.

“With workforce development a top strategic priority at SEMI, supporting FIRST Global makes sense as it gives young people around the world opportunities to collaborate and helps expose them to STEM careers through experiential learning opportunities,” said Ajit Manocha, SEMI president and CEO.

“We are excited to be partnering with FIRST Global, which shares SEMI’s passion for inspiring young students to pursue educations and ultimately careers in STEM disciplines,” he added.

The 2019 FIRST Global Challenge

FIRST Global invites each country to send a team to compete in the robotics Olympics, which takes place in a different nation each year. The inaugural 2017 FIRST Global Challenge included teams from more than 150 countries.

In his keynote last week at SEMICON West, Kamen discussed how the industry can develop the next generation of talent critical to innovation as well as the FIRST Global Challenge.

Earlier this year on February 10, FIRST Global and the Government of the Emirate of Dubai officially announced that they will be hosting the 2019 FIRST Global Challenge in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event will be held from October 24-27 at the Coca-Cola Arena.