Devon twins spread their love of robots worldwide

Posted: August 08, 2014

Hannah and Rachael Tipperman haven't even begun their senior years in high school, yet already their passion for robotics has gained them international attention.

The 17-year-old Devon twins founded a nonprofit two years ago to help them spread their enthusiasm for robotics to other children. And in the last two weeks, after their story was detailed by The Inquirer, people from around the world have contacted them offering - and soliciting - help.

Last week, the Tippermans said, they received an e-mail from a 20-year-old in Uganda who had always dreamed of building robots and wanted help to create a robotics program for two young siblings.

One Montgomery County man donated $500 to the sisters' nonprofit, which the girls plan to use to buy a robotics kit that they can lend to communities trying to start robotics programs. The girls have been using five kits on loan from Drexel University.

Someone else in the Philadelphia area donated $200. A Boy Scout troop in Nashville wants to use that prospective new kit to run a merit badge class in robotics. A robotics instructor in Hawaii also has e-mailed the Tippermans to share some tips.

Hannah and Rachael, who have run robotics camps for children in Alaska and Costa Rica, said they hoped their story would help educate people. But they were surprised by the donations.

"It was really amazing for the two of us to experience something like that," Rachael said. "We're really grateful."


mbond@philly.com

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