The Afghan Girls' Robotics Team

The 2019 #HumansToMars Summit Panel featuring the Afghan Girls' Robotics Team

Explore Mars is proud to announce that the Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team will be speaking at our annual conference, the 2019 Humans to Mars Summit (H2M), which is being held in Washington DC from May 14-16, 2019. This team of amazing young women has become a symbol of inspiration and courage for students and women around the world. “The members of this team have literally risked their lives to pursue STEM education in Afghanistan,” noted Explore Mars CEO Chris Carberry. “We are extremely excited to host them at H2M and firmly believe that they will be able to inspire American students and professionals.”

The all-girl Afghan team is sponsored by the Digital Citizen Fund (DCF), a non-profit group aimed at enhancing technological literacy, education, and training among young girls and women in developing countries. According to DCF CEO Roya Mahboob, “It is an honor and a privilege to be invited to participate in this H2M summit…We believe that the mind of a child is a source of unlimited potential that waits only to be given the tools and guidance to shape and form it into a great scientist or mathematician….. H2M is a great place and opportunity for us to meet with the important key players in NASA, industry, science community, and academia who address the major science, policy challenges, and the impacts on STEM education in the world and our future.”

Explore Mars is also pleased to announce that the Musk Foundation has provided the funds to enable the team to travel to the United States for the Summit.

According to Explore Mars Board of Directors member and STEM education evangelist, Janet Ivey, “We are delighted to have and host the Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team. In a country where the majority of girls do not have access to formal education, these young ladies, under great mentorship, are defying the odds, creating their future and making way for many more young women to follow in their footsteps. Because of their activities and successes in robotics and technology, more and more young girls in Afghanistan have expressed interest in becoming involved with robotics and technology. Education, just like Mars, is for everybody. Who but knows that one of these Afghan girls will be one of the astronauts to launch to Mars in 2033. Come be inspired. This is a session you do not want to miss.”

Read more about the Afghan Girls’ Robotics Team Here:
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/30/world/asia/afghan-girls-robotics-team-fatemah-qaderyan.html