All Girls Robotics Team from Afghanistan
For months, a team of six teenage girls from Herat, Afghanistan, has been scrambling to build a ball-sorting robot that will compete in an international competition. They faced down unique challenges when delivery of their materials was delayed due to terrorism concerns, they improvised using household materials. They traveled 500 miles on a dangerous road twice to seek visas to attend the competition. They persevered because they want to change the world, and prove that girls can excel in areas typically dominated by men.
Their story is inspiring, and also sad because in the end they faced one more barrier they couldn't break through. Read more via the Washington Post.