Sr. Adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump
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Sr. Adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump

Senior Advisor to the President of the United States and First Daughter Ivanka Trump arrived this morning at DAR Constitution Hall to greet the all-female robotics teams participating in the inaugural FIRST Global Challenge, the first international robotics Olympics for high school students.

Accompanied by FIRST Global Founder Dean Kamen and Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Ivanka met with Teams United States, Ghana, Afghanistan, Jordan, Vanuatu, and Brunei, six of the all-female teams participating this year. The First Daughter applauded the many accomplishments of the teams and encouraged others to follow in their footsteps so that many other young girls join the thousands of women around the world who have already contributed to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Trump then pulled the handle that released the game balls onto the field, at which point the six all-female teams started a friendly robotics round as a way to celebrate women in STEM.

Women around the world have strived to ensure that the gender gap in science and technology leadership and innovation is significantly reduced by inspiring young girls to continue breaking paradigms to pursue STEM education. FIRST Global is fortunate to work with such women who have brought over 100 teams into being, either by founding, organizing, or leading them.

Among the dozens of women who have helped bring teams to the FIRST Global community include women in South Africa, Uruguay, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Costa Rica, Rwanda; Malaysia; and Jordan to name a few.

The efforts of these remarkable women have already shown extraordinary results as more and more young women have signed up to participate in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge. Teams from Vanuatu, Tanzania, the United States, Afghanistan, Palestine, Jordan, New Zealand, Brunei, Cambodia, and Germany are just some of the many all-female or female majority teams competing in Washington, D.C. today.

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