It’s Our Final Push To Get The Cinderella Team — The DISCBOTS — To The FIRST State Robotics Competition
The DISCBOTS‘ journey has been a real-to-life Cinderella story played out through the FIRST Robotics Program. Through hard work, determination and an unyielding desire to learn, children from over 17 countries learned how to overcome their language barriers, the trauma of their families’ relocation plight into the United States, and communication challenges that comes with having to learn English and American customs and somehow, still managed to build an award-winning robot. This speaks to the love and support the teachers and staff at the DeKalb International Student Center provides to children that, when given a safe place to just be kids, are able to thrive. The countries that are represented by the FIRST Robotics’ 2016 Inspiration Award Winner — @DISCBOTS2015 (Team #6023) — Afghanistan, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Thailand, Burma, Ethiopia, Somalia, The Congo, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Turkey, Myanmar, Nepal and Sudan.
The DISCBOTS adds a unique level of global representation to the Georgia FIRST Robotics Program as it is the first true international team in the long history of the program. It would be disappointing, at best, to not have these kids present at the State Championship Tournament at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA (Go Dawgs!) this week due to transportation costs ($2,280).
We are asking the STEM++ professional community to help lift the Georgia FIRST Robotics Program to global status by donating to the DISCBOTS GoFundMe Campaign.
The Difference Between a Refugee & a Migrant
As defined by the 1951 UN Refugee Convention: “Refugees are forced to flee because of a threat of persecution and because they lack the protection of their own country. A migrant, in comparison, may leave his or her country for many reasons that are not related to persecution, such as for the purposes of employment, family reunification or study. A migrant continues to enjoy the protection of his or her own government, even when abroad.”
Refugee children and their families go through three intense experiences before coming to the DeKalb International Student Center.
- Department of Homeland Security where they go through pre-screening, interviews and security clearings.
- State Department for Placement Services where they work with national agencies to find a place in the U.S. to relocate them and go through cultural orientation programs to have a better idea of what their new lives will be like, what services will be available to them, and what their responsibilities will be.
- Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). From the moment they arrive in the U.S., the HHS provides case management, English classes, and job readiness and employment services to help refugees successfully tra nsition and attain self-sufficiency.