An all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan coming to America to participate in a global robotics competition put on by FIRST. That has a nice ring to it. It’s the ideal outcome of what folks like FIRST founder Dean Kamen had in mind when they took the excellent organization global. Sadly, the members of the Afghan team were denied the US visas required to attend the competition. “To interview for their visas, the girls risked a 500 mile trek cross-country to the American embassy in Kabul – the site of several recent suicide attacks and one deadly truck bomb in early June that killed at least 90 people. Despite the recent violence, the teenagers braved the trip to the country’s capital not once, but twice.” Someone has to fix this.

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