VEX IQ 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 VEX IQ 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 VEX IQ Challenge team. The benefit of having a diverse team becomes apparent through your individual stories.
Girl Power Team 55909B
By: Abigail Steinkamp and Lailani Sorenson
Girls can do anything! We learned that this year at robotics. Even though our team has both boys and girls, Mrs. Johnson (our coach) made sure we all had a chance to say our ideas. The girls helped run the team!
We started our year off with just girls coming to a Girl Powered camp. In past years, the girls usually wanted to do the engineering notebook and not build, so Mrs. Johnson wanted to be sure we had a chance to learn how fun building can be. We were able to build robots in teams...
“Girl Powered” and “Diversity” Transformed Our Team
Throughout many years of robotics together, which have included many role models and friendships, our team, 11857G, continues to represent the idea of “Girl Powered” along with “Diversity” in all that we do. For our team last year, “Girl Powered” meant that the girls on my teamed represented a strong, equal force in engineering and robotics compared to the boys. It also...
by Tanvi, Parneet, Nyah and Sophia
Hi, we are from California, where there is equal opportunity for both girls and boys. Our parents come from different backgrounds and parts of the world where girls’ future is sometimes decided by her parents.
By Liliana Johnson
What does girl-powered mean to me? Our team has both boys and girls on it, but we definitely are a girl-powered team. I say this because girls have an equal voice, equal vote and are equally involved in every part of our robotics program. This has not always been the case.
Worldwide, girls haven’t been as involved in STEM as boys have been. One of my STEM role models is Sally Ride. She is the first female American astronaut. She got to work a robotic arm as...