Racists allegedly hack voting system after 3 Black teens lead semi-finals in NASA tech competition

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Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff are the only all-female and sole African-American team in the NASA Goddard OSPARC Challenge. (Image courtesy of Inclusive Innovation Incubator)

By Tanasia Kenney, atlantblackstar.com

Racists couldn’t stand to see three African-American girls make it to the finals of a coveted tech competition hosted by NASA, so they hacked the voting system to take votes AWAY from the D.C. teens.

The space agency was forced to shutter the competition one day before the official voting window had closed after someone made “malicious hacking attempts” to the online voting system, NASA Goddard said in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. Voting was set to end April 30.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School students Mikayla Sharrieff, India Skinner and Bria Snell are among eight finalists in NASA Goodard’s OSPARC Challenge and are in the running to win a four–day workshop at the space agency’s facility in Greenbelt, Md. The group, which goes by the name S3, submitted their “H2No to H2O” project and crafted a special filtration system designed to purify drinking water in schools and urban areas.

Sharrieff, Skinner and Snell are the only all-female team and the sole African-American team in the competition.

Read more at http://atlantablackstar.com/2018/05/03/racists-allegedly-hack-voting-system-3-black-teens-lead-semi-finals-nasa-tech-competition/

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