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.
Girl Powered, an initiative able to assist countless numbers of girls within the STEM industry become more confident about entering the field whilst teaching the masses to be accepting of everyone that enters the STEM world. For nobody should be judged by their physical attributes, but by the content of one's character. So now, we look through the eyes of three students who have experienced the initiative first hand. We see this as an opportunity to not only respect each other as equals, but to bond over our differences. For that is what Girl Powered truly means to us.
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.
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Being in vex means that we have to learn to accept others and also learn how to work with them based on their strengths and weaknesses. If girls set their minds to it, they can accomplish so much in the endless world of STEAM. We hope that we can be an inspiration to girls so that they aren’t limited to what the world believes. We hope that they choose what they believe.
In this entry, we take you through the journey our team has taken to get here today, and how the things we noticed in our club, as well as the STEM field, have shaped us to embrace and advocate for an all-inclusive, diverse, and supportive Girl Powered VEX Program.
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We are team 12B, an all-girls team from The Potomac School in McLean, Virginia. Throughout our years in robotics, we have experienced subtle sexism at various competitions and events that have opened our eyes to the difficulties associated with being a woman in STEM. We hope to make an impact on girls in STEM with our various outreach activities and inspire those around us. In this PDF, we discuss our ups and downs over the years as women in STEM and how those struggles have helped us grow to become the confident, girl-powered team we are today.