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.
We are team 35216A. There are 4 girls on our team. Everyone on our team work hard to improve our team's design, build, code, and notebook. Our team is made up of two 7th grade girls, and two 6th. We are the only all-girls team in our school, but we encourage more females to join STEM. We taught many young girls about robotics in our Girl Scout Project. In our essay we show how Girl Powered has been portrayed in our team throughout the season, and take you through our whole Girl Powered Robotics journey.
Girl-powered creates an inclusive environment for all genders. "The True Definition of Girl Powered" highlights my experience in VEX Robotics. Not only has my knowledge about VEX improved, but I also realized how much I've grown as a person. Starting as a timid, shy girl, I slowly learned the true meaning of girl-powered.
Title: STEMming a Future of Equality
Entrant: Amy Nguyen
G1 is an Independent Vex Robotics High School team situated in North Irvine, CA. The entrant, Amy Nguyen, describes her experience in Vex, and how, with the power of curiosity, you can change the large STEM gender gap.
In this essay, we show how 5 robot loving girls, with very diverse interests, form the VRC team to continue our journey in robotics. Doing VEX robotics is not easy, it is even harder for ALL-girls, grass root teams. It is all but possible without the encouragement from Girl Powered. Also, we show how we contribute back to Girl Powered by hosting multiple robotics workshops. We are proud to be help VEX robotics more visible to girls and more inclusive to more kids who never thought they can do it before.
Girl Powered: Now, for future
It was the week before Thanksgiving, our last event for the year 2019. Our coach was away on a business trip, but we were looking forward to a successful competition before the end of the year!
Read our essay where we describe the aspirations of our team to prepare for solving the worl's greatest problems. Team work and success in the VEX competition are great learning step for our future. We look at the world as full of interesting things for us to discover. We are passionate and look for an adventure in learning in everything we do....
This essay describes our journey from an accidentally formed all-girls team to a successful gender diverse team with all girl leaders. The enrollment of girls in our club has doubled over the last two years and will continue to grow because the word that girls are not only doing hardware and software, but also leading these roles, is spreading fast.