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TECH CHALLENGE: Valley Robots Win Inspire Award

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Some metro high school students recently inspired the world, now they are back home trying to keep spreading that inspiration.

A team of Juniors from Valley High School competed in the first Tech Challenge in St. Louis. It was designed to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Valley was one of 128 teams from around the world who created robots to compete in a tic-tac-toe game.

Valley’s team built two robots made from mostly recycled materials. The robots had to be able to carry the tic-tac-toe pieces and place them on the board.

Males tend to dominate the science and technology industry, but the girls on this project say those who want to attract more women should resist the urge to feminize the industry.

“One of the things is… You can’t really try to get girls into it. I think you should play hard to get… if you try to feminize it, I think that kind of makes us want to pursue it less. Because I think we have something to prove as women,” team member Annie Howard said.

Valley’s team didn’t win the overall design competition, but it did win the Inspire Award for being the best role model.

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