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Romona's Kids: "Fighting Unicorns" - All-girl robotics team

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"Fighting Unicorns", Northeast Ohio's only all-girl robotics team. "Fighting Unicorns", Northeast Ohio's only all-girl robotics team.
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

It's been said that if America wants to out-innovate the rest of the world, we need to get more girls and women interested in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. Some local teens are taking a huge step toward that goal. Tonight's Romona's Kids are in Shaker Heights.

Hathaway Brown's "Fighting Unicorns," Northeast Ohio's only all-girl robotics team, recently invited Romona Robinson to their workshop, pink tool belts and all!

Every year, they take part in the FIRST Robotics International Competition, getting six weeks to design, program and test a robot that will play a game at large meets against schools from all over the U.S., like this year's Buckeye Regional in Cleveland.

This year's challenge, shoot a cloth-covered yoga ball over a bar and into goals at different heights. The girls designed claws to pick up the ball, a camera to help it aim, and a kicker to hit it into the air.

"I think it's something really amazing to get involved in and there's really no other venue like it for learning how to design and create things," said student Grace Phillips. "Learning how the world around you works and applying things like physics, biology, and chemistry to everyday life, really there's nothing else like it."

"The light bulb, iPad, iPhone, television, microphones, everything has been designed and engineered, someone thought of it at one point," said student Mackenzie Hridel.  "What's cool about engineering, you can make things too and have an impact on the world that you might not otherwise have." 

"It's truly a privilege to be a mentor to this team to see them solve these really complex problems in an incredibly short period of time," said teacher James Allen. "These girls are passionate about this, it's a project that's theirs through and through and they put their heart and soul into this robot year after year." 

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