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Smile Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

This coming FRC season, Texas Torque hopes to host the Afghan Dreamers in our lab to compete alongside us in the new district model. They need full funding ($30,000) to come here. We wanted to reach out to the FIRST community to help with their efforts and spread the word. Every donation is tax deductible. If $2000+ is donated by one party, your name or logo (even robotics teams logos) will go on their robot and published media materials. The team can take back the skills they learn from the FIRST community to teach generations of youth in Afghanistan at their new STEM school.

A few members of our team met and worked with this group of girls personally during the 2018 FIRST Global competition, and can without a doubt say we were instantly inspired. Here is a recent article CNN published about their team captain, Fatemah Qaderyan.

Click the link here to learn more and donate. We hope to raise the funds in time for them to make it to Texas!

If you have any questions, feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer.
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

This is an awesome effort. I'll pitch in my donation
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

Sounds like a great effort, but would the Afghani team really be allowed to join the Texas district? What is the procedure for inducting a team outside of the geographical boundaries into a district? I imagine a good number of teams near-but-outside of state/country lines would like to be able to join the closer district than have to travel to a farther regional.
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Sounds like a great effort, but would the Afghani team really be allowed to join the Texas district? What is the procedure for inducting a team outside of the geographical boundaries into a district? I imagine a good number of teams near-but-outside of state/country lines would like to be able to join the closer district than have to travel to a farther regional.
They didn't have a problem in Ontario last year. Besides, they seem to be working out of Texas and presumably are living there too, so it's a different situation than a team setting their address to a PO box in another state.
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

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Sounds like a great effort, but would the Afghani team really be allowed to join the Texas district? What is the procedure for inducting a team outside of the geographical boundaries into a district? I imagine a good number of teams near-but-outside of state/country lines would like to be able to join the closer district than have to travel to a farther regional.
I really do think that this is a great idea and all but I think you should still contact FIRST directly, because the rules might be different. We played with them in the World Championship and heard about there story. We wanted to do the same thing and host a team from Bangladesh. However my mentor said that there was some issue and we were not allowed to. If FIRST does say its okay, I cant promise you I can donate, but I will definitely get the word out.
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I really do think that this is a great idea and all but I think you should still contact FIRST directly, because the rules might be different. We played with them in the World Championship and heard about there story. We wanted to do the same thing and host a team from Bangladesh. However my mentor said that there was some issue and we were not allowed to. If FIRST does say its okay, I cant promise you I can donate, but I will definitely get the word out.
We have been in contact with FIRST Executives and leaders for both FIRST HQ and FIRST in Texas. Both parties have said everything is fine, and in fact, they are already registered as a team in the FIRST in Texas District for the 2019 season, signed up to attend the same events as Texas Torque.
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Sounds like a great effort, but would the Afghani team really be allowed to join the Texas district? What is the procedure for inducting a team outside of the geographical boundaries into a district? I imagine a good number of teams near-but-outside of state/country lines would like to be able to join the closer district than have to travel to a farther regional.
We have already been through FIRST HQ and FIRST in Texas to figure this out, and all the proper procedures have been completed. They are relocating to our address, as they will be working in our lab, therefore allowing them to compete in the FiT district model.
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

I met these girls few times! I'm sure FIRST community achieve this goal!
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

Will they compete under the same team number as last year? How much of the team is the same as last year's roster?

They were a great bunch to compete with and I look forward to seeing where their season takes them.

Was the intention for first to have them at North champs then south champs? As a way to expose all of FIRST to their story and mission? What comes next?
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Will they compete under the same team number as last year? How much of the team is the same as last year's roster?

They were a great bunch to compete with and I look forward to seeing where their season takes them.

Was the intention for first to have them at North champs then south champs? As a way to expose all of FIRST to their story and mission? What comes next?
The same team will be competing, and the number will be kept.

No, it just happened to work out that way. They were looking for a host team and we happened to be in the South.
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

Last year I briefly worked with these girls when they were competing in Ontario and I can honestly say they are the most passionate and committed FIRSTers Iíve ever seen. Also, a huge kudos to Torque for hosting this awesome team.
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

Huge donation from 1511 for $2500! Thank you so much!
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Re: Help Send Afghan All-Girls Robotics Team to USA!

Another ~$1180 raised by FUN and stream donations! The donation link is still open for them!
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