LOS ANGELES – A group of all-Muslim female team has won Los Angeles First Lego League robotics competition, making their own statement against stereotyping Muslim women and painting a better picture for their community.
“I know I can try to change things gradually by doing this robotics program,” Zaina Siyed told Los Angeles Times on Monday, November 28.
“It’s time for us to focus on … presenting ourselves in the best light.”
The competition allows young people between the ages of 9 and 14 to put themselves in the shoes of scientists and apply math and science concepts to real-world issues while demonstrating teamwork and problem solving.
Zaina’s team, FemSTEM, was made up of eight competition rookies, ages 10 to 14.
She had recruited them and raised the money in an online campaign to cover all they would need to compete, including team shirts, registration fees, equipment