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Girl power: All-female teams compete at robotics event

May 03, 2018 04:22 PM

DETROIT (AP) - Thousands of youth representing hundreds of teams from nearly four-dozen countries competed recently for the biggest prize in youth robotics at the FIRST Championship in Detroit.
    
A number of those were all-female teams. It's a development that pleases Dean Kamen, who founded FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology - in 1989 to inspire youth participation in science and technology.
    
Factories will have a need over the next decade for workers capable of operating and troubleshooting computer-directed machinery, including robots.
    
Many of those future workers are in high school today, and if Kamen has his way, will join - or start - a robotics team.
    
It's a competition, he says, "where every kid on every team can turn pro."

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