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.
2567 K is helping empower girls through assisting in multiple girl empowerment workshops and events. The women on 2567 K helped run their local robotics Girl (Em)Powered Summit by introducing the guest speakers and managing the panel. The women on 2567 K also run a computer science camp for girls called She Can Tech. For more She Can Tech information Click Here!
The Girl Powered Initiative is slowly changing the mentalities of students all over the world, including team 8838C Legacy. Because of it, 8838C has been able to showcase the best of each team member, regardless of gender.
Title: A New Legacy
Entrants: 8838C Legacy (VanPhuong Nguyen, Sofia Ahmed, Ayla Kailiponi, Grace Lin, Diya Malik, Marcus Shih, and Joshua Yang)
Word Count: 1,491
In the past, the STEM field shuns women. Males dominate the field and refuse to allow entry to any females. For decades, women fought to earn their positions as scientists, technologists, engineers, mathematicians. Their hard work and legacies contribute to the increasing rise of females. At the current moment, the STEM field no longer shuns women but encourage them to pursue a career in STEM. Although they encourage women to join, men still dominate the field, intimidating women from entering the field. As such, people turn to education systems for assistance. All levels of education from...
Why do we need to talk about girl power like it’s a weird thing? How has it become such a huge topic? Do people think that girls can’t do as good as boys? We have thought these things a lot and now we’re going to tell our opinion based on our experiences.
This is my experience over the last three years in robotics as a girl on an all girl team; the challenges I faced and how it made me grow into the person I am today. Being a girl in a sport that is dominated by boys is intimidating but has made me a stronger, more confident person.