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Photo Gallery: Cambodian Teens Participate in Washington’s First Global Robotics Olympics

Cambodian youth from two high schools in Siem Reap province are among 157 national teams participating in this year’s debut FIRST Global Challenge, an annual international robotics competition taking place in Washington, DC from July 16 to 18. The competition is aimed at encouraging young people to use science, technology and STEM subjects to solve global problems. This year’s competition focuses on future access to clean water.
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Cambodian robotics team join the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian robotics team join the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

Cambodian youth robotics team queue before the opening of the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, July 16, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian youth robotics team queue before the opening of the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, July 16, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer)

Dean Kamen, founder of First Global talks during the opening of the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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Dean Kamen, founder of First Global talks during the opening of the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

A group of Cambodian youth parade their national flag at the opening of the First Global Challenge, an international robotics competition for high school students at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC, July 16, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer) 
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A group of Cambodian youth parade their national flag at the opening of the First Global Challenge, an international robotics competition for high school students at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC, July 16, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer) 

Joe Sestak, president of First Global talks during the opening of the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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Joe Sestak, president of First Global talks during the opening of the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 16, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

Cambodian youth team examine their robot before joining a competition during the First he First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian youth team examine their robot before joining a competition during the First he First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

Cambodian youth robotics team examine their robot before joining their first competition at the First Global Challenge in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian youth robotics team examine their robot before joining their first competition at the First Global Challenge in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer)

Cambodian youth robotics team examine their robot during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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Cambodian youth robotics team examine their robot during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

Ung Savy, Country Director & Superintendent of Caring For Cambodia, which sponsors the Cambodian youth robotics team stands next to the team at the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer)
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Ung Savy, Country Director & Superintendent of Caring For Cambodia, which sponsors the Cambodian youth robotics team stands next to the team at the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Sophat Soeung/VOA Khmer)

A robot from the Cambodian youth team competes with robots from other teams during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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A robot from the Cambodian youth team competes with robots from other teams during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

The robot of the Cambodian team tries to catch a ball the in front of the Guyana team (left, yellow), during First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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The robot of the Cambodian team tries to catch a ball the in front of the Guyana team (left, yellow), during First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

Members of the Cambodian robotics team celebrate after winning their first competition during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)
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Members of the Cambodian robotics team celebrate after winning their first competition during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Sunday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer)

VOA Khmer reporter Chenda Hong interview the Cambodian youth robotics team immediately after their winning of the first competition during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer) 
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VOA Khmer reporter Chenda Hong interview the Cambodian youth robotics team immediately after their winning of the first competition during the First Global Challenge robotics competition in Washington, DC, Monday, July 17, 2017. (Nem Sopheakpanha/VOA Khmer) 

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