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VRC 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 VRC 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.



Girl Powered:Sisters in STEM


Girl Power Initiative has influenced our team in many ways. In this essay,we mentioned an event called "Sisters in STEM" which we increase girls ' access to robotics and science,our improvement both in STEM field and the relationships between us as team 55326V,and how this process positively affects us and leads us to success and happiness. As girls we are proud of being a part of this huge family,the robotics community!

Entrants:Eftelya Şentürk,Ayşenur Duman,Simay Büşra Gers

Team:Vortex Electra...


17814F Girl Powered Challenge


Our essay is written by all of us. It includes images that we photoshopped our selves (quick shoutout to team #3504 for their girl-powered robotics team image), the roles of all of our teammates, and our views on stereotypes and our struggle to become the team we are today.

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27301A Girl Powered


27301A Girl Powered

“Robo Rebels”

Joelle Angelica Evasco, Josiah Omoso, Terryan Uyeno

Overview of the Team

Active promotion of STEM to all genders:

● 27301A wishes to educate the Wai’anae community, especially women, about STEM and Engineering.

○ This is because we know that both subjects can lead to a stable future.

● 27301A hosts communal STEM related events.

○ Such as robotics spaghetti nights
■ During these nights, we give off

robotics demos and provide insight on our STEM...


Why We Need Empowered Girls in Robotics Now


We believe it is important for everyone to work together.  We also believe that when we empower young women into robotics there will be a shift in how our world can work together to solve the many problems we face. It is important to harness the enthusiasm of young women while encouraging all people men and women to work together for a better tomorrow. 

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Girl Power


Title: Girl Power

Team Number: 25146D

Names: Malinda Voortmann, Kaylee Ostrander, Bergen Klaehn

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The Beauty of Girl Powered


Written by Grace Cobb and images provided by Caden Singleton

Team Bison Legit 99060W

Title: The Beauty of Girl Powered

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Girl Empowered Essay


Syniah Brown


Girl Empowered Essay

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Girl Powered - REDEFINE


REDEFINE is a statement that reminds Mustang Robotics about the meaning of Girl Powered. Throughout this presentation we wil explain how our team is constantly redefining society's norms as we treat everyone as equals no matter their gender. Besides explaining how our team functions we will also be describing one of our STEM role models Ellen Ochoa who has REDEFINE women's role in space exploration and has inspired us to continue to reach for the stars and never think we can't do anything because we are girls.

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Girl Empowerment


For us, the Girl Powered Initiative has special meaning as we are an all-girls team. We value each member for the incredible woman she is and this has shaped us into the strong team that we are. We take pride in representing young women in STEM and are excited to share our story.

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İTÜ ETA Vakfı Samsun Doğa Koleji Fen ve Teknoloji Lisesi Vortex Neowise ekibi olarak Girl Power Essay Challenge'a katılıyoruz.Yazdığımız metinde kız gücünün ekibimizdeki ve dünyadaki yerini açıklamaya çalıştık. kız gücünün tanımı ve ekibimiz. İTÜ ETA Vakfı Samsun Doğa Koleji Fen ve Teknoloji Lisesi Vortex Neowise ekibi olarak Girl Power Essay Challenge'a...

8838B: Girl Powered Initiative: The Importance...

Robohawks- Coach Lund

This entry covers what the term “Girl Powered” means to us, how we created a STEM environment for girls to thrive in, the power of diversity, and our inspirational figure in the field of STEM.

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8838E: Girl Powered Game

Robohawks- Coach Lund

This essay explains the girls on our team’s perspective on what the phrase “Girl Powered” means to us, how we work towards making the program more inclusive, how having multiple perspectives works to our advantage, and figures in our life who inspire us especially in the field of STEM.

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Our Girl Powered Journey


Our reflections on our Girl Powered journey.

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Girl Powered: Snapshots of Our Journey


Entrants: Aarushi Jain, Maryann Nazareth, Nandita Kolli, Rishita Penmetsa

Team Number/Name: 81A Sway

Entry Title: Girl Powered: Snapshots of Our Journey


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Girl Powered - Sky is the Limit


This is a compelling story on what Girl Powered means for team 90F.   It is an insightful essay on Girls in STEAM - Sky is the Limit.

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Cougarbots are Girl Powered!


At San Ysidro High School we are Girls Powered- this is our entry describing how we incorporate girls into leadership positions on our team

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Team 97101G's Girl Powered Adventure


Welcome to Team 97101G's Girl Powered Adventure! My name is Jade Wang, and I am the team manager of 97101G, who will be guiding you through this trip. Please take a look at the rest of our essay to learn more about our all-girls team!

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Greene Middle School Girl Powered Essay


Our team first started in 2019 by Kelly Tanaka who attended Googles Girl Powered workshop. After attending the workshop she was so inspired to take her learning from the workshop and start the first ever robotics club at Greene Middle School in order to help other students but specifically girls learn more about STEM and why it is so great and cruical in our society. Our essay is talking about our expierence with STEM and why it has been so benefical in impowering girls.  

Team: 61392A


Team Members: Hailey Seto, Jennifer...


Girl Powered - 12M


     In our infographic, our team, 12M from Potomac School Robotics, sought to share our experience as the only all-girls team at our school. Through the mentorship of our coaches, we’ve not only learned what it means to be a female in STEM, but also realized the importance of empowering everyone to be involved in STEM, and we aim to inculcate those same virtues in a variety of service initiatives. As a team, we recently made 100 science kits for children at Second Story (a non-profit organization in our local community) to help ensure kids have access to STEM...


Girl Powered Essay


Essay for the Girl Powered Online Challenge about some of my experience in robotics.

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Growing on a Girl Powered Team


This essay was written by my teammate, Reese, about her experience on our Girl Powered robotics team. She's a 7th grader, but holds her own with her high school-aged teammates. The whole team helped edit it, and I did the layout using the online tool Canva using official Girl Powered graphics from VEX. I hope you enjoy it!

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