The six Afghan girls who were twice denied U.S. visas before President Donald Trump intervened at the last minute, won a silver medal for “courageous achievement” Tuesday at the robotics competition they traveled thousands of miles to attend.
The young women, who arrived in the U.S. shortly after midnight on Saturday, participated in the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge, in which teams of young women and men from around the world showcase robots they created. The three-day competition kicked off Sunday at Washington, D.C.’s DAR Constitution Hall.
The Afghanistan team’s “courageous achievement” recognizes teams that exhibited a “can-do” attitude even under difficult circumstances or when things didn’t go as planned. The gold medal in that category went to the South Sudan team and bronze to the Oman team, whose students are deaf.
The competition’s top honors went to the Europe team, which won a gold award for …