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.
In our team, we have three girls. These three girls have worked tirelessly to improve our club and the overall environment to help girls in STEM succeed. Through dedication, ingenuity, and excitement, our VEX community has improved greatly, especially for girls just entering the field.
When we hear the words "Girl Power" We immediatly think of Robotics! I have gone to so many girl powered events taht to me they just go together. I think of girl representation in teams, my team is 1 girl(me) and one boy right now. My school also has a almost all girl team with 3 girs, and 2 boys on it. It is very important to have girls on your teams. Personally when i think of the perfect team i think of 1-3 girs and 1-3 guys(them/they are also included, just don't have any of them's on the teams).
Vex IQ - no, Vex in general has branched out and become even more popular in recent years. However, the question that has yet to be asked is: Does Vex Need More Girls? Are we promoting Girl Power throughout or have we just become lazy, stepped aside and let the boys take over. This is what my story/essay is about. I hope you enjoy!