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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.

Entries





 

Girl Powered:Sisters in STEM

eftelya

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

17814F

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

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

akeil

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

malindakv

Title: Girl Power

Team Number: 25146D

Names: Malinda Voortmann, Kaylee Ostrander, Bergen Klaehn

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The Beauty of Girl Powered

Bison-Legit

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

blairxthree

Syniah Brown

9623Z

Girl Empowered Essay

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Girl Powered - REDEFINE

sofiapantoja1522

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

8390X

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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VORTEX NEOWISE GIRL POWER

mustafaberkaykarademir

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

cydong

Our reflections on our Girl Powered journey.

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Girl Powered: Snapshots of Our Journey

81A_Sway

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

90F

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!

carrienorthum

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

jadewang

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

gltanaka

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

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

VEX_MadisonCombs

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

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Growing on a Girl Powered Team

blonsinger

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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Changing up gender norms in STEM

4478T-Robotics

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!

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Girl Power: We Construct Our Future Together

slee22

Title: We Construct Our Future Together 

Team Number: 39S

Names: Su Kyung Lee and Minseo Lee 

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Being Girl Powered

awar514

This essay is about my journey in VEX Robotics. I have always been the only girl on my VEX team and this is my story!

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Girl Powered - Building bridges between gender...

lacuevarobotics

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!

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Genuinely Feminine

Rachelo

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!

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"Changing Up" the Game (55885Y)

lacuevarobotics

Team 55885Y is a predominantly female team at La Cueva High School striving to close the gender gap in STEM fields.

word count: 675

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We are Girl Powered

SuzanneReed3323a

3323A Miss Einstein is an all-girl VEX EDR Robotics Team from CA.  Team members Elena Carli and Olivia Reed are in 6th grade.  

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Girl Powered: Time to Change Up

niveditathi5572

Team Number: 2360A

Title of Submission: Girl Powered: Time to Change Up

We want inclusivity and empowerment for everyone, especially young people who deserve better for their education
 

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Constructing Our Creative Robotics Community

harithalakshmanan

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.

Essay:

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...


 

Inclusivity

shriyaravipati

Shriya Ravipati

Team 92620D

Inclusivity

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...


 

Women in STEAM and how we Implement it in our...

smwolff12

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. 

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8838A-Discovery 2020-2021

Robohawks- Coach Lund

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.

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Decabots Girl Powered Essay

deniz.uzun

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...


 

2021 Girl Powered Essay

binhn2021

Hello, this is an essay that team members Binh Nguyen and Kaida Sayachack Yuom created! We are part of team 4073G and excited for you to read this essay.

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Why Diversity and Girl Power is Important to Me

mbus514

This essay is about my experiences dealing with Girl Power and diversity throughout my years in VEX. 

Title: Why Diversity and Girl Power is Important to Me

Written by Madeline Bush

Team: 4216B

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Break The Stereotype, Be a Role Model

newsome

Break the Stereotype, Be a Role Model

Team 45133B

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.

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What Makes Us Girl-Powered

ykim22

The essay "What Makes Us Girl-Powered" was written by the girls in the Roslyn Robotics Club, Team 11577R.

It reflects our goal to make STEM an inclusive and welcoming field to those interested.

 

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Inclusivity in Competitive Robotics

matthewgimbel526

Entrant: Matthew Gimbel

Team: 44833B

Title: Inclusivity in Competitive Robotics

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Changing Up the Field of STEM

7701E-Echo

Changing Up the field of STEM

Team: 7701E

7701E's entry for the Girl Power Essay

Word Count: 1204

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