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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.

Entries

 

Girl Power Essay from Team 4073B

S_Rodriguez

This essay is about what girl power means to team 4073B. 

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Girl Powered

SierraO

This entry explains how girls can make an impact through VEX.

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From My Experience

1069E-Lily

5 years I have been learning about Vex robotics, 4 of them being competition, all of them I have been a girl who has been outnumerbered by boys. Here is what I have learned from my experiences.

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Clovers Are Girl Powered 68031A

akeil@apps.isd742.org

We are the Kennedy Clovers 68031A.

Clovers Are Girl Powered 68031A

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Innovating the Future

jessicavtruong2@gmail.com

Starting as a means to bring VEX back to those who lacked the financial capability and time commitment, The Innovators have reached out to 14 different schools to let female and minority voices be heard. With members specializing in varying fields such as Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Computer Science, we have become the face of diversity and strive to innovate the future

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Girl Powered. What is it? - team 9457X

21LReute21@isd77.k12.mn.us

As fellow female robetiers would know it isn't always easy being one of the few girls in robotics. My fellow female temates and I have faced cold shoulders to looks with added meanings because of our genders. I have been in robotics for 5 years now and this is my deffinition of girl powered and how we embrace it on team 9457X!

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Girl Power at Eastern Tech

mia_snyder

VRC Girl Powered Challenge 

This essay is one written with the exerience of a senior, the creativity of a sophmore, and the curiousity of a freshman.

Credits

Title: Girl Power at Eastern Tech

Entrants: Mia Snyder, Beth Moseng, Katherine Henn

Team Number: 5839D

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The Progression of Team 30526C

Kim10

In the past, STEM fields, such as engineering, have been dominated by Caucasion males in the United States. As of today, 33.9% of post secondary schooling degrees earned by women are any kind of STEM. Our team defies this stereotype with not only being girl powered, but a Caucasion and African American all girls team. Our team consists of four girls, each with valued positions. Our names are, Lora, Journee, Aenye and Kimberly (Kim). Hopefully, with our story we can show you why girls should be in STEM fields. 

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