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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.

Entries

Girlpowerment-  Empowering Girls through...

NOVA_IQ_Robotics

NOVA IQ Robotics is a Girl Powered team that prioritizes leadership and collaboration to empower girls to reach their full potential.  Our essay, Girlpowerment, is our take on how the Girl Powered Initiative empowers us as a team! 

- Jeanelle Reyna and Victoria Fisher of Team 99808A

 

Follow our adventures on Instagram @NOVA.IQ.Robotics and on Twitter using #99808Robotics!

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The Cool Cucumbers from TMA

Tanhuss

We are Team 30636E, The Cool Cucumbers from TMA.  Our team is:  Sana Malik, Nha-Y Le, Aleena Thomas, Celia Van Auker, and Cheryll Prabakaran.  We love robotics and had a lot of fun this year as an all girl team. Thank you VEX and Google for creating this challenge. 

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Girl Powered Team Journey

sputnikcds@gmail.com

We are Sputnik, originally, a 3-girl-team who decided to set off on a STEAM journey. We invite you to read along and learn about our story and first steps in robotics. 

The purpose of sharing our story is to encourage other girls to pursue their dreams and to encourage boys to support all girls who decide to join the STEAM world.

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VEX IQ: Girl Powered

april.ramer@jonesboroschools.net

This is my submission for the Girl Powered online challenge. I hope this shows how girls can do anything they put their mind to. 

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Girls and Their Super Powers

berroness

This tells the story of our first season together as a team, and how we lead our school's Girl Powered Event.  

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Girl Powered 7035 A

robotica@colegiosanconrado.com

This is an essay about why it's important to have girls in the robotics team.

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Girl Powered: Follow Your Heart

paela_madsen_2026@nobl.k12.in.us

What does it mean to be Girl Powered? To be Girl Powered is to be someone doing something that isn’t always thought of as something they can do. Like a girl in STEM, or a stay-at-home dad. Our team is all girls, working on robotics in a world where that is thought of as a thing boys do.

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Beyond Cultural Boundaries

agustina.valdez@colegiodelsol.edu.py

Exploring a world that is mainly dominated by boys had been an unthinkable idea before this club started. We would like to invite you to read along as we share our journey throughout this amazing STEM world.

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Girls United

csmsgirlpower@gmail.com

Through all our hardships, we stay Girl Powered!

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Stronger Together - The Journey of 1715X, A Girl...

jfan714@gmail.com

Girl power is such an immense term that cannot be defined in a dictionary.

Why? If you asked twenty ladies what it meant to them, you’d get twenty answers. A woman of wisdom might tell you that it’s one’s strength and confidence through sexism. An activist might say it means empowering females around the world, and an athlete might express her joy of winning despite the many who tried to put her down.

To us, it’s a combination of all these qualities. It means females persevering with diligence and dedication. Females proving they shouldn’t...