Afghan girls robotics team denied visa to USA eventually wins in Washington

Afghan girls robotics teamIm a ge copyrightAFP/GETTY IMAGES
Image captionMembers of the team work with their robot in the practice area at the competition

The team of girls from Afghanistan eventually won a special award at the international robotics competition.

The six girls were taking part in the FIRST Global Challenge competition, which took place across three days and saw 158 nations compete against each other.

They took home a silver medal for courageous achievement, which was awarded to teams “that exhibit a can-do attitude throughout the challenge, even under difficult circumstances, or when things do not go as planned”.

According to the New York Times, the team’s mentor Alireza Mehraban said: “We are simple people with ideas. We need a chance to make our world better. This is our chance.”

Afghan girls robotics teamImage copyrightEUROPEAN PHOTOPRESS AGENCY
Image captionHere are the girls practicing with their robot

Their story made the news because, at first, they weren’t going to be allowed to go to the competition because of visa problems.

However, US President Donald Trump stepped in at the last minute and the girls were able to travel to the US and participate.

The competition – which hopes to inspire young people to want careers in science, technology, engineering, and maths – will take place in Mexico City next year.

So friends delay is not denial. Go for your goals and surely you will win

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