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.
By Liliana Johnson
What does girl-powered mean to me? Our team has both boys and girls on it, but we definitely are a girl-powered team. I say this because girls have an equal voice, equal vote and are equally involved in every part of our robotics program. This has not always been the case.
Worldwide, girls haven’t been as involved in STEM as boys have been. One of my STEM role models is Sally Ride. She is the first female American astronaut. She got to work a robotic arm as...
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!
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.
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.
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...
Girl Power Strengthen Teams
We are 2501Z The Narwhals. We have been a team for three years now and we have two boys, Nick and Kyler and two girls, Grace and Chloe on our team. We are doing this online challenge because we believe that girl power has been a really important part of our team and it has made our team the way it is today.
Our team first got together two years ago. Our robotics program was very small at the time with only three teams with four people on each team. There were only four girls total. We started going to tournaments and...
“I am a girl.
I am smart and I am strong and I can do anything.”- Anonymous
Hi, my name is Sarah Bronico. I have been involved with Vex for 3 years now. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family, hanging out with my robotics team, and hanging out with my soccer team. Along with spending time with my family, robotics team, and soccer team, I enjoy hanging out with my friends at school. My favorite part of Vex is when the robot is all built and we then get to drive it. I like Vex in general.
We are R Squared, team from St.Martin's Lutheran School of Annapolis. It is our mission to get the word out about girls in STEM. When we hear the phrase girl powered, we envision girls working together with boys to achieve great things. This phrase also makes us think about powerful women who have made a difference in our lives. Girl powered reminds us of our coach who is also our STEM teacher at school. She is the reason many of us want to pursue STEM in High School.