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No more "boys only" robotics program, thanks to this awesome 9-year-old girl

When this little girl wanted to join a summer robotics program, she was shocked to discover it was only for boys!

Photo: Change.org

Photo: Change.org

Cash Cayen is just nine years old, but she’s already making the world a better, more equal place!

Cash found a robotics program at her local library, in Timmins, Ontario, that she really wanted to join. The catch: It was a ‘special boys program,’ so she was told she was not allowed to attend.

The library’s newsletter called it, ‘Robotics For Boys ONLY!’—I guess they didn’t realize how much girls love robots, too!

Cash and her mother decided to take action and start a petition for the program to be open to all children ages nine to 12, not just boys.

According to the petition, the Cayen family was told by the Timmins Public Library that the program was meant for boys because their academic and literacy skills don’t improve over the summer break.

Cash’s mother writes on the petition that Cash was hoping for 10 signatures. But by the end of day one she had over 1,000 signatures.

A week and over 32,000 signatures later, the Timmins Public Library has reversed their decision and is now offering the robotics program to all children ages nine to 12.

Way to go Cash! We hope you have a summer full of awesome robotic fun.

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