Afghan girls robotics team competes after visa obstacles
By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press
Jul 17, 2017 10:23 AM CDT
Afghanistan team member Kwasar Rashan, center, walks with her teammates to line-up for the opening ceremony march of the FIRST Global Challenge 2017, in Washington, Sunday, July 16, 2017. Twice rejected for U.S. visas, the all-girls robotics team from Afghanistan arrived in Washington early Saturday...  (Associated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A robotics team of six girls from Afghanistan is taking part in an international competition in Washington, after clearing visa obstacles that prompted intervention from President Donald Trump.

The team's ball-sorting robot played in its first game on Monday morning.

The team is competing against teams from more than 150 countries in the FIRST Global Challenge. It's a robotics competition designed to encourage youths to pursue careers in math and science.

Like other robots in the competition, the girls' robot can recognize blue and orange and sort balls into correct locations.

The team was twice rejected for U.S. visas. They arrived in Washington from their hometown of Herat, Afghanistan, early Saturday after Trump's last-minute intervention to sidestep the visa system.

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