We are a global organization of problem solvers - FIRST students, mentors, alumni, volunteers, and sponsors! What problems do you see generated (locally or globally; big or small) by the current global pandemic? How can we fix them? How are you already fixing them? What impediments are holding you back?
Problem: Not enough ventilators for ICU units.
Potential Solution: Donate the use of 3D-printers owned by teams, team members, alumni, sponsors, etc to places qualified to print ventilator parts.
Potential impediments: How do we determine who is qualified? How do we handle the logistics of “donating the use of 3D printers”? How do we do this remotely, so that we don’t contaminate team members/mentors/others? How do we navigate the complex legality of providing equipment to people that produce medical parts?
Problem: Panic-buying at local stores causing shortages
Potential solutions: (1) Help local stores improve their inventory management through data tools. (2) If stock is available, but store is understaffed, how about some robotic help to monitor or restock supplies?
Potential impediments: What is the technological feasibility of either solution? Would better inventory management actually solve the problem? Would panic shoppers break the robots? How do we work through the development process remotely?
How could FIRST help us solve the problems the world is currently facing, together (apart!)?
Edit: Updated 1st example to clarify that FRC teams should not be producing medical devices that peoples lives depend on. Note - these examples are intended to encourage you to share more immediate problems that you see in your community that are secondarily related to COVID.