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VEX IQ Challenge Girl Powered Essay Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation

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!

Do you have a compelling and engaging story about how your team has incorporated Girl Powered into your program? Or do you have a story to share that illustrates how diversity of perspective changes your robot design, your team chemistry, and even your ability to succeed?

This challenge is about sharing your robotics experience as a team that embraces the Girl Powered initiative and what being Girl Powered means to you and your team. Your story must contain a clear beginning, middle and end.

Think of this as a pictorial essay: Your submission should be created using a combination of imagery (photography, drawings, screen captures, etc.) and supporting text.

5 key 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 has taken initiative to create a more inclusive environment that attracts a diverse group of students.
  • Share how each team member has tried various roles on the team (everything from designing, building, 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 Robotics Competition team. The benefit of having a diverse team will become apparent through your individual stories.

*Your entry may be shared to help promote the Girl Powered Initiative.

Winners

1st

Rising Above the Glass Ceiling

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My name is Jeanelle Reyna, and I am a part of Team 99808A, NOVA IQ Robotics. I wrote my Girl Powered essay about how girls are encouraged to rise above an invisible glass ceiling that is halting their progress in their careers. I hope that this can encourage girls to keep going, and break gender stereotypes, proving that girls can do anything. 

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2nd

55821S - Girl Powered Spartabots

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This submission was written by Oakley Phipps from team 55821S, Spartabots. Oakley has enjoyed being a member of a Girl Powered VEX IQ robotics team for three out of her past four years of participation in the program. She is an all A honor roll student and enjoys encouraging all students to reach for their dreams and challenge themselves through participation in STEM programs. We hope that you enjoy this pictorial essay about being a Girl Powered Spartbot.

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3rd

5081F: Girl Powered!

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This submission was written by Annabelle Acevedo. It highlights her journey in robotics as a girl.

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