HUFFINGTON POST
01/20/2015 08:03 am ET Updated Jan 20, 2015

The True Story Of How 4 Undocumented Teens From Phoenix Beat MIT In A Robotics Competition

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It all came down to grit, determination and some tampons.

Ten years ago, four undocumented Hispanic teenagers from a tough neighborhood in Phoenix built a robot named Stinky out of odds and ends, entered it in a national underwater robotics competition, and unseated reigning champion MIT to win.

No one – not their teachers, not their parents, not the students themselves, and certainly not the elite team from MIT – thought they could do it.

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