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Meet The Nerdettes: local all-girls community tech challenge team

There's a local team of smart young women who call themselves the Nerdettes. They love anything STEM related and are interested in drawing others into their fold.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — The Nerdettes are an all-girls community Tech Challenge team from the Huntsville and Owens Cross Roads area. Their goal is to spread the word about FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), in the hopes to encourage other girls to form new teams.

Huntsville High School senior and member of the all-girls community tech challenge team Emily King shared how the robot they're working with is operated. 

"We try to stay in our little area because we do have a partner and you don't want to get in their way, and you don't want to get in the way of other people because you're not controlling the robot," she said. "Eventually, I'll see her walking by as I keep tapping it. So normally our robot will be over in this area, and we will be looking at that sleeve."

Ellen Vegerita is also a part of the Nerdettes and she is a Huntsville High School sophomore. Vegerita said her favorite part about being a Nerdette is being an example for the younger crowd. "Kind of showing this is cool and anyone can do it," she stated.

Lily Sullivan is an 11-year-old student at Liberty Middle School and the youngest Nerdette member. Sullivan sees her cohorts as more than just teammates. "Obviously, I'm the youngest on the team, so I look at them more as sisters," she said. "It's been a really big part of my life and it's something I will never be able to forget."


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