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.
From 2919X, a pure girl team:
Our team is made up of four girls willing to show their passion for STEM. Having interests in different STEM areas, VEX robotics allows us to work collaboratively and challenge the misconceptions towards females in these "male-dominated areas". Our story with VEX might sound ordinary, but to us, it is all about our perseverance we have to overcome the obstacles. Our aim is to be the role model for other girls who are hesitating to participate in STEM areas due to the lack of support.
In this essay, we will discuss the benefits of diversity and what our robotics team will do to solve the issue of the lack of women in the STEM field.
What Does it Mean to show Girl Empowerment?
This essay is a description of how our Vex robotics program at Patapsco High School has taken initiative to promote Girl empowerment and why it is a necessity not only in school but all around the world. So many women have the potential to lead businesses and become great engineers but can be told otherwise and can be driven into other areas of work. It's our turn to start showing women leader's impact on their team and their work.
VRC Girl Powered Essay Challenge Sponsored by The REC Foundation
Team 7983P: Diego Caceres, Jackson Dinsdale, Alex Felix, Huzaifa Khan, Jalen McBee, William Wooton
To be a Girl Powered team in our robotics group means not only accepting anyone into our team, but welcoming them as well. Being Girl Powered isn’t merely a definition but a teamwork mentality. There is a stigma that females aren’t supposed to be in STEM or robotics and our team’s response to this is that, we rather judge...
The Robotic Runners team is from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD. Seton is an all-girls high school with a comprehensive 4-year STEM program called Learning Engineering And Design (LEAD). The team is made up of mostly LEAD students but welcomes other students as well. Relatively new to the VEX competition, the team was invited to the Maryland State Championship last year. Overriding goals for the current year are to go farther in competition, learn more about robotics and programming, and gain more experience as a team.
As an all-girls team, the term Girl Powered holds a special place in our hearts. We decided to document our challenges and accomplishments this year in the form of a fictional adaptation. Follow our journey in the STEM System as we cruise through our highs and lows, attempting to better the world and the people around us.
Hi! We are VEX team 7405M, Millburn Mercury, from New Jersey. Both the REC Foundation and Girl Powered’s ambition to encourage equal participation of young women and men in competitive robotics is a foundational aspect our team. Girl Powered, to our team, means having both female and male ideas equally represented and fostering a supportive and empowering community for all members, regardless of background or orientation, to feel comfortable sharing their ideas and contributing while facing challenges as a group, and we hope to show that through our essay submision and...
This year was the first year I started VEX Robotics. It was a little tougher this year because of the pandemic. Everything had to be online since our district only had virtual learning. We did figure out a way to make the robots even though our team only met online. The online challenges were there to help motivate and challenge us. There weren’t that many girls on the team, so that’s why we were useful in the Girl Powered Essay Online Challenge. VEX robotics goes to show that girls aren’t just there to do the domestic house chores. We are there with ideas and...
As a young female, I’ve always wondered why full equality hasn’t yet filled our society. Is the time not right? In fact, it is, we as the future generations of the human race have it in our hands to change our society. Even if it’s one step at a time. As a team member of 3249R, we value everyone's own spice and we encourage one another fully without bias of race or gender identity.
My team members and I, throughout the many years we have spent together have created an inclusive environment for all. I, a Mexican-American enjoy spending time with Jace...
The Girl Powered initiative has inspired 2602B to partake in the movement, introducing and fostering a love for STEM in our community. With a number of our team members being female, we understand what it feels like to be the only girl in the room. By embracing our differences and collaborating, we can conquer any challenges faced against us. We want to help inspire the next generation of leaders in STEM!
Team Number: 2602B
Entrants: Tanisha Rajgor, Gurleen Kaur, Hemankit Vallurupalli, Sidhi Dhanda, Kenneth...
Equality Strengthens All
When I walk into the robotics room, my body instantly relaxes. The robotics room is my safe place, my happy place. Everyone greets each other by their name, regardless of gender. Our team has few females, but has increased each year I have been part of the team and does not change any aspects of our cooperation. We all collaborate regardless of the task. Whenever I speak up, my team listens to what I have to say, all voices are heard regardless of gender. Furthermore, at competitions, everyone participates in a way they feel most comfortable. Honestly, I...
This is what "Girl Powered" means to team 5327Z.
Entrants: Karen Zhao, Chelsea Lee, Angela Chao, Paulette Peram, Jeia So, Dylan Wang, Jacob Sommer, Samuel Wu, Andres Silvera
Team Number: 5327Z
Title of Submission: "Girl Powered: Changing it Up, One Girl At a Time"
Word Count: 1436