VRC Girl Powered Online Challenge Sponsored by Google
Girl Powered is an initiative to redefine the face of STEM by creating a more inclusive environment for all students within the robotics community. Together, with the support of the entire community, we strive to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics. We want to use this challenge to show the robotics community at large just what it means to be a Girl Powered VRC Challenge team!
Things to keep in mind for a successful submission:
- When you hear the phrase, Girl Powered, what comes to mind? How is it reflected in your team’s approach to robotics?
- Share how your team took initiative to create a more inclusive environment that attracts a diverse group of students.
- Share how each team member tried various roles on the team (designing, building, driving, programming, strategy, awards, etc.). Explain what you learned through this experience.
- How do you believe diversity of perspective changes your robot design, your team chemistry, and even your ability to succeed?
- Who is your STEM role model and why? Does this person inspire you to have a more inclusive team/program? How?
We want compelling, engaging stories that give us insight into how you’ve taken the Girl Powered initiative and incorporated it into your experience on a VRC Challenge team. The benefit of having a diverse team becomes apparent through your individual stories.
Starting as a means to bring VEX back to those who lacked the financial capability and time commitment, The Innovators have reached out to 14 different schools to let female and minority voices be heard. With members specializing in varying fields such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Computer Science, we have become the face of diversity and strive to innovate the future.
As fellow female robetiers would know it isn't always easy being one of the few girls in robotics. My fellow female temates and I have faced cold shoulders to looks with added meanings because of our genders. I have been in robotics for 5 years now and this is my deffinition of girl powered and how we embrace it on team 9457X!
Redwood Robotics is a middle school student run organization built on a foundation of teamwork, perseverance, and love of robotics. All the students here are extremely dedicated and hardworking. In just 2 short years, we have grown into a club that not only strives to be better, but extends a helping hand to those in need of it. In the following years, we hope that what started as a small after-school group will continue to improve and thrive as the cycle of old members teaching new members continues.
Although this club is great in many ways, we are still working on encouraging...
Thanks for being the best team captain I could have ever asked for this
year. Thanks for being girl powered and leading the way; defying
stereotypes and maintaining kindness, but not letting yourself be
walked over by the boys who haven’t figured out how capable you, and
every female robotics student, really are. I look forward to the
upcoming competitions with our team- whatever new shape it takes
through this year.
Written by all of the members of Team 1868Z, this essay describes how the girls on our team have come together through VEX robotics. As an all-girl team, we work to overcome gender steroetypes as we develop our engineering skills and grow our confidence. We want to share this empowerment with other girls and hope that our story will inspire them to explore what being part of a VEX robotics team can do for them.
The Girl Powered initiative has inspired 2496J to partake in the movement and help girls on our team (and the program as a whole) take an interest in the STEM fields, learn, and have fun! Through collaboration and exploration, girls are able to “takeover” not only this year’s game, but also occupy major roles within the team itself!
Team Number: 2496J
Entrants: VanAnh Nguyen, Jessica Dai, Vianna Seifi, Hailey Park, Bradley Okajima, Jeffrey Han, Ethan Yee, Jeff Le