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.
Written by all of the members of Team 1868Z, this essay describes how the girls on our team have come together through VEX robotics. As an all-girl team, we work to overcome gender steroetypes as we develop our engineering skills and grow our confidence. We want to share this empowerment with other girls and hope that our story will inspire them to explore what being part of a VEX robotics team can do for them.
The Girl Powered initiative has inspired 2496J to partake in the movement and help girls on our team (and the program as a whole) take an interest in the STEM fields, learn, and have fun! Through collaboration and exploration, girls are able to “takeover” not only this year’s game, but also occupy major roles within the team itself!
Team Number: 2496J
Entrants: VanAnh Nguyen, Jessica Dai, Vianna Seifi, Hailey Park, Bradley Okajima, Jeffrey Han, Ethan Yee, Jeff Le
From two girls who loves programming and engineering:
Our team 2919X is a pure girl team with only two members. Tower Takeover(2019~2020) is the first Vex Robotics competition we have ever contributed. We participated in many VEX Robotics scrimmages to develop our understanding of the game and ideas to build our robot. Although we are new and are not perfect, we will still prove that girls are as capable as others as long as we try hard enough.
Why Girl Powered? Being the only girl on my team for the past 2 years has made me understand the importance of Girl Power in robotics. I am excited to further explain my experience, learnings and stories in this document. Thanks for giving me this opprtunity to share my thoughts about girls in the STEM field!
“9% of leadership roles in engineering are made up of women” (Society of Women Engineers). Statistics show that there is a substantially low number of girls in the STEM field. On 5327E, we try our very best to make our team an inclusive environment that allows all team members, regardless of their gender, to contribute to our team. Some of these contributions include programming, documenting, building, designing, and computer-aided design. In our entry, we explain how our team strives to create a diverse engineering experience that allows members to learn and develop...