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STEM girls on the international stage

Angie Frederickson
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Julia Barkley, Mary Anna Barkley, Anika Krishnan

Julia Barkley, Mary Anna Barkley, and Anika Krishnan

For the third year in a row, an all-girls team advanced to the FIRST Tech Challenge world robotics competition. Julia Barkley, Mary Anna Barkley, and Anika Krishnan (pictured, from left) are the Moment Makers team, and they are the only team from Houston to advance. The girls won first place in Southeast Texas at the regional competition and continue to dominate the greater Houston robotics scene competing against larger teams of older students. The Moment Makers team began in 2016 and competed in the FIRST LEGO League for five years. Now in their third year of competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge, the girls also mentor other students to learn the basics of building and programming. Their website,, helps other STEM students and FIRST LEGO teams grow and compete. 

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