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Georgia Tech Computer Science Assistant Professor Bistra Dilkina worked with three student interns during this summer's Data Science for Social Good internship program. She helped students develop an online tool for New American Pathways.
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It can take a while for refugees to get the paperwork they need to get a driver’s license or be able to afford a car. So they need easy access to public transit, supermarkets, schools and low rents. So the city of Clarkston, just outside Interstate-285 in DeKalb County, is an ideal location.

But Clarkston is just 1.4 square miles and it’s running out of space as refugees decide they actually want to stay there.

The resettlement agency New American Pathways helps place more than 500 refugees in metro Atlanta each year. Many end up in Clarkston.

‘’Yellow Jacket’’ is a robot designed to help children with motor skills disabilities.
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A Georgia Tech engineering professor has been hailed by Business Insider as one of the most important female engineers in the world and it’s easy to see why.

Ayanna Howard, a professor with Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, is the mind behind the start-up Zyrobotics. Howard designed her small bot named "Yellow Jacket" for use in children’s therapy.

“We think of him as a child-size robot,” Howard said during an interview on “A Closer Look.”

Amadou Bah, a former student of Project ENGAGES and recent graduate of BEST Academy High School, and Qwantavious Stiggers, also a student of Project ENGAGES and BEST Academy, talk about what Project ENGAGES has done for them.
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There’s a big push underway at Georgia Tech to get more minority students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – the four subjects better known as the STEM fields.

Tech has partnered with three Atlanta public high schools with the goal of doing just that through a program called Project ENGAGES.