After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls Robotics Group Reaches United States for Competitors

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The Washington Post|Updated: 17 July 2017

After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls Robotics Group Reaches United States for Competitors
After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls Robotics Group Reaches United States for Competitors

WASHINGTON: With 2 words – “Team Afghanistan” – the crowd put together in the stands at DAR Constitution Hall appeared into a deafening holler Sunday as the teen-aged women made their method onto a vast phase, waving their nation’s flag and wearing head head scarfs in matching colors.

Their victorious entryway on the phase Sunday at the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge marked completion of a unpredictable and long journey to the United States. Since recently, their imagine taking a trip to exactly what has actually been billed as the “Olympics of Robotics” had actually been shot down when their visas were rejected, regardless of 2 intense journeys from their house in Herat to Kabul for interviews with the United States State Department.

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After their predicament made global headings, President Trump stepped in at the last minute to give the women passage to the United States, and they got here Saturday.

She stated she hopes to reveal the world what women like her are capable of: “Afghanistan is not simply a location of war. Afghan women can contend and construct robotics in global competitors.”

The three-day competitors draws groups from 157 nations – and some international groups representing continents. The group representing the United States is made up of 3 women, who marched into the auditorium for the parade of countries to the Woody Guthrie tune “This Land is Your Land.”

These ladies have actually constructed robotics considering that they were young children. Now they’re contending on a world phase.

The worldwide nature of the competitors featured problems. The ladies from Afghanistan, the group from Gambia likewise had concerns with their visas, according to the Associated Press, prior to their applications were likewise eventually authorized. Since of sanctions, Global FIRST was not able to deliver a robotics package to Iran, where a group of teens was waiting for the parts to develop a robotic.

That may have spelled completion of the group’s shot of going to the world champions. The company presented them to a group of teen-aged robotics lovers at Marshall High in Fairfax County, Va. calling themselves Team Gryphon. The group in Iran designed plans on the computer system and sent out the styles to their equivalents throughout the ocean, then corresponded over Skype.

Sunday, the group flew the Iranian flag at their station beside the flag of Team Gryphon – a black flag with a purple shape of the gryhpon – as an indication of their not likely collaboration. For Mohammadreza Karami, the group’s coach, it was a motivating example of cooperation.

“It’s possible to fix all the world’s issues if we put aside our politics and concentrate on peace,” Karami stated.

Kirsten Singer, a 16-year-old increasing junior at Marshall High, stated she wished to didn’t desire the group to be locked out of the competitors even if of the sanctions.

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“Everybody ought to have the ability to complete … and to find out and to utilize that experience for other elements of their life,” Singer stated.

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