Girl Power — An all-female Robotics tournament champion

Initially, things didn’t process as smooth as we planned. Did not catch up with the schedule, did not collaborate well, did not balance between how much work we had to do and how much time we had left, etc. 

Bangkok awaited. The competition day has arrived. But how can a team encountering so many challenges find their way out to achieve the trophy? 

During the competition, every member of Beta-B has worked relentlessly as a team, fixing most of the mechanical issues. The programming for the autonomous round (robot runs on its own without a person manipulating), however, didn’t run correctly.  At this point, hope was withering, regarding the facts that we were all inexperienced. Fortunately, our first qualifying match was a victory. The games went on until lunch. Problems kept coming on our way, but we’ve never given up. By our last qualifying match, we have ranked the 11th place (out of 20 teams). 

But this time, we handled the situation differently. We were as satisfied and cheerful as we could be, considering that we’ve come this far as a team, overcoming not just mechanical problems, but collaboration as well. 

Regardless of that, luck was on our side. The system of the game was allowing the higher ranked team to form an alliance of three teams. I wasn’t sure if we’re going to be chosen or not, but one of my teammates told me “Go and take a seat, fix our robot, chill and look cool. Someone’s gonna come and ask us to be their alliance.”

Apparently, a lot of teams wanted us. Now that we consider that, Beta-B was the only team who could stack the high cones on the stationary goals, which could earn extra points. By being an alliance with the first-place team and the second-place team, we kept striving until we became the tournament champion as an alliance, the most unexpected awards of all. 

Not winning was fine, since we were all very pleased with the result we got, and the accomplishment, but to win the tournament was astonishing. It wasn’t just luck that led us to this, but the collaboration, encouragement and the guts to never give up. 

Stationary Goal
Trophy πŸ™‚ 

 

 

Cambodian mindset and restriction

Cambodia is an old nation that has been created long ago. Throughout each era, virtuous traditions and culture were passed on by our ancestors. Nevertheless, as a matter of fact, some of these cultures and traditions have earnestly influenced our contemporary society. In order to gain a higher awareness of these traditions or so-called β€œmindset”, my team has conducted surveys with several interviewees. Below is what we were told:

  1. Girls aren’t allowed to study away from home

    Few people living in the rural regions believe that parents shouldn’t allow their daughter(s) to study in the city that’s distant from their home. The reason is without any guidance, their daughter(s) might walk the wrong path (in opposition to Cambodian traditions), that could ruin the family’s reputation.

  2. Man is the head of the family.

    Husband is the only one who makes decisions. By doing so, his wife must always ask for opinions and permissions from the whole family and her husband before execution. If her husband says β€œno”, she has no rights to go against him and must not execute what she has requested. Besides, people think that it’s an obstacle for women to feed their children and managing the family without her husband.

  3. Marriage is an obligation for women.

    The society expects all women to have a life partner. Their lives are not completed without having a family. If she doesn’t have a marriage, she will be discriminated by the whole crowd.

These are only some of the information we gathered from our survey. Nonetheless, the responses were mostly focused on Cambodian women and this, undoubtedly, express the restrictions and extreme mindset from the society on women.

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