- UPS facing backlash for thanking police after employee killed in shootout Saturday 5:02 PM
- Sanders campaign fires staffer after anti-Semitic, homophobic tweets surface Saturday 3:13 PM
- Brother Nature was attacked, says everyone just watched with phones out Saturday 2:45 PM
- Ryan Reynolds’ gin company hires Peloton wife for ad Saturday 1:24 PM
- Ex-vegan YouTuber accused of fraud after following meat-only diet Saturday 1:11 PM
- The 15 best Disney+ hidden gems and deep cuts Saturday 12:23 PM
- Everyone in GoFundMe scam involving homeless veteran has now pleaded guilty Saturday 12:06 PM
- Boy invites kindergarten class to his adoption–and people are emotional Saturday 11:56 AM
- Reddit links leaked trade deal documents to Russian campaign Saturday 10:44 AM
- How to stream Alistair Overeem vs. Jairzinho Rozenstruik Saturday 8:30 AM
- Amazon sends customers condoms and soap instead of Nintendo Switch Saturday 8:28 AM
- How to live stream Jermall Charlo vs. Dennis Hogan Saturday 8:00 AM
- Apple TV’s ‘Truth Be Told’ is a criminally dull drama Saturday 6:00 AM
- Thousands of Uber users have reported sexual assaults, company says Friday 5:40 PM
- ‘Astronomy Club’ reformats the sketch show Friday 4:58 PM
Six teenage Afghan girls were denied one-week visas into the United States to compete in a global robotics competition—but that won’t keep the resilient group from going for gold.
According to Forbes, team members were prepared to represent Afghanistan at the FIRST Global Challenge in Washington, D.C. in July before being denied visas at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The all-girls team risked traveling twice across the country—500 miles from their hometown of Herat—to seek short-term entry into the U.S.
Roya Mahboob, the first female tech CEO in Afghanistan, and the leader of the girls robotics team, told Forbes the girls cried all day when they found out they wouldn’t be attending. “It’s a very important message for our people. Robotics is very, very new in Afghanistan.”
As Forbes points out, the girls’ odds of being accepted weren’t in their favor. Only 32 of the travel visa types the team was hoping to obtain were granted in April this year, according to State Department records. That figure is much lower than neighboring countries.
Instead of throwing in the towel, the six girls are now working to complete their ball-sorting robot in time for the competition. The team will be able to see their robot compete through video conferencing. First Global President Joe Sestak told Forbes he is disappointed that the “extraordinarily brave young women” would not be present at the event.
The international robotics competition will bring together teams from more than 100 countries to solve problems regarding access to clean water around the world.
Phillip Tracy is a former technology staff writer at the Daily Dot. He's an expert on smartphones, social media trends, and gadgets. He previously reported on IoT and telecom for RCR Wireless News and contributed to NewBay Media magazine. He now writes for Laptop magazine.