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!
VRC Girl Powered Challenge
This essay is one written with the exerience of a senior, the creativity of a sophmore, and the curiousity of a freshman.
Title: Girl Power at Eastern Tech
Entrants: Mia Snyder, Beth Moseng, Katherine Henn
Team Number: 5839D
In the past, STEM fields, such as engineering, have been dominated by Caucasion males in the United States. As of today, 33.9% of post secondary schooling degrees earned by women are any kind of STEM. Our team defies this stereotype with not only being girl powered, but a Caucasion and African American all girls team. Our team consists of four girls, each with valued positions. Our names are, Lora, Journee, Aenye and Kimberly (Kim). Hopefully, with our story we can show you why girls should be in STEM fields.