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 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
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.
27301A Girl Powered
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...
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.
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.
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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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.
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 Members: Hailey Seto, Jennifer...
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...
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!
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.