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.
We are team 4478T from Masuk High School and we are proud to be girl powered! We hope to include everyone, listen to different perspectives, and create a safe environment. This is our story of how girl powered has “changed up” our experience, and has improved our team. We have reached out to our local community to apply these principles and promote STEM through various programs and activities. Together we can be part of something much greater than us, giving everyone an equal opportunity!
At La Cueva Robotics, Girl Powered is very valuable to us. We stand for empowering women and building bridges between the gender gap of girls and boys in the STEM field. We think it's important to have equal participation of girls and boys and we strive to encourage inclusion in our robotics community. This is the story of Team 55885X and how we embrace the Girl Powered initiative!
Hiding femininity sometimes becomes a part of the robotics experience for girls interested in stem. I'd like to challenge that to truly encourage girls in the future to try stem and find what they love. Mascara doesn't blind us to math and science, and being feminine isn't a setback to reaching for the stars!
The document containing our essay has been attached to this submission. In our submission, we have outlined the principles of our club and our club dynamics. We hope that our essay will be good to read. We have attached a copy of the document below.
Our team is built on the foundations of diversity and inclusivity, fostering an encouraging environment for people, regardless of who they are or their level of robotics knowledge, to come together and learn and have fun. We’re a group of people passionate about changing the world through technology, working...
As a kid, I remember watching rocket launches on T.V. I was fascinated by the clouds of dust blowing out beneath the rocket and seeing it fly away into space. I always wondered what it would be like to see Earth as a tiny sphere and be surrounded by stars. That was the beginning of my curiosity in STEM.
The phrase “girl powered” to me means including not just women, but everyone and using the power you have to make a difference. It can be in robotics and technology, or it can be to help...
We are three girls on a high school robotics competition team, one of which is completely new to engineering as well as two who have grown and experienced the impacts of engineering and women in STEAM. We hope to inspire other girls to be comfortable with the program and feel included and welcome so that they can use their great minds to the fullest.
8838A Robohawks - VRC Middle School
This pictorial essay explains the importance of equal rights between all genders. It includes our opinion on what it means to be girl powered and the power of diversity, as well as our inspiring STEM role models.
As a girl-powered team, this challenge exhilarated us because we are aware of women's capability and the world’s capability of empowering male-domination. We are in the 21st century and there are still so many people who say women can’t be scientists, engineers, researchers, and more. We want to change this dirty mindset by showing the world how women are so capable of working in STEM fields. We don’t want to hear more of “women are not suitable for these jobs”. We will prove that women can achieve in these fields by showing perseverance obstinately. In...
Break the Stereotype, Be a Role Model
Sara Newsome, Abigail Koogler, Jacob Smith
An inside look into what it is to be a Girl Powered team in a male-dominated industry, this essay details how every team can take steps towards diversifying their programs and encouraging all youth to participate.
This essay is by all the members of Space Cookies team 1868N. It tells the story of one girl's experience in robotics and her path to finding her girl power. The main character is a composite created from the personal stories of all the team members, with each contributing different parts from their own personal experiences in STEM and their discovery of what it means to be girl powered.
We, 11124X, have been a girl powered team since the 2019-2020 season. We have had numerous challenges thrown at us from time to time, but we have always found a way to solve them. Throughout our essay, we touch on some of our many experiences and different things that have shaped our team to who we are today.
The "Change Up" season holds true to its name-- this year is filled with changes! Follow the story of 2496J as our team continues our journey in robotics and "changes" the outlook of female participation "up"!
Names: VanAnh Nguyen, Safora Zia, Lucy Xu, Jeffrey Han, Ethan Yee, Jeff Le, Gerald Lu, Sasan Liaw
Team Number: 2496J
Title of Submission: “Girl Powered: Changing it Up”
Word Count: 1009
Including girls is simple enough, but how do we get our girls to lead and take charge? Here at Red River Robotics, we explored the nature of that very question and worked towards creating an environment that allows girls to take full advantage of their unique potential.
Isabel Caballero- Club President & 751A Team Captain
Over the past several years, I have seen a club that once had only one female become a club full of both genders. In facing the stigma of women in STEM first hand, I understood that it would take strong dedication to push past the isolation and harassment I faced as the only female in the club to become President of the club. Now in becoming Club President I have created a more diverse and inclusive space where no one feels less than due to their gender.
Team 7983Y believes in the importance of inspiring young women to pursue a career in engineering. The team has contributed to a club called the Society of Women Engineers and has taken initiative when it comes to teaching everyone about the importance of diversity within the STEM field.
Team Number: 7983Y
Entrants: Jillian Perez, Daniel Oslund, Georgia Tabar, Isabella Quintana, Topanga Carroll, Wyatt Greene
Title of Submission: Girl Powered: Inspiring the Next Generation of Female...