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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

 

We're All Girl Powered

oliroso

Team Number: 9181X

Authors: Olivia Roschat, Ria Sachdeva, Guransh Rajput, Austin Vokey

Title of Submission: Girl Powered

Word Count: 1286

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VEX Girl Powered Essay 6546A

bmillar

 

" Attached is an essay that describes what girl-powered has meant to team 6546A, and what impact is has had on the team" 

VEX, STEM and Geek Girls work to gender balance our team and are succeeding!

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Girl Powered Essay 6546B

bmillar

Girls value people more than robots, achieve gender balance with the help of their influential mentor Meredith White

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2919X Girl Powered

46377

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.

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RAID ZERO A: BEYOND THE 18 INCHES

4253A

4253A is a team of five girls who strive to prove that girls can not only succeed in robotics but also break through the gender barrier of society. Here is our story...

By Alicia Wang, Charlene Chen, Chia-Shuan Yeh, Kerrianne Chiu, Madeline Lee

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WE ARE EMPOWERED - GIRL POWER

tayemi5688

This is how I view our team and the challenges of being a female. 

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The Unfortunate Minority of Young Women in STEM;...

594078

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.

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6274A Girl Powered Essay

PtapPunishers

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.

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VRC Girl Powered Essay Challenge Sponsored by The...

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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...


 

My Journey throughout the World of VEX Robotics

jgray

 

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.

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Girls Need More than a Grant: My Experiences with...

Ellie1069e

Credit:

Entrant: Ellie Sundheim

Team: 1069E

Title: Girls Need More than a Grant: My Experiences with Girl Powered

 

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Diversity and Equality in Robotics by the Thunder...

schutdm

Authors: Makenna Punsalan, Amber Jonas, and Yusra Afram

Team: 71251A

Title: Diversity and Equality in Robotics

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Macro Changes to a Micro Program

ajarora3316

This essay describes the journey of SVHS Robotics in relation to Girl Powered - written by junior students Iqra Abdullah and Amrita Arora. 

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The Adventures of 2602G: Reviving the STEM System

rkilari

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.

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Empowering Women In STEM Through Robotics

21herbertm

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...


 

Girl Powered Essay

AddisonNicoll

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...


 

Girl Powered - Making a Difference

anaikan

Hi! We're team 92620A from Jeffrey Trail Middle School, and we believe that we have the power to make a positive difference. 

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“Girl Powered”, a symbol of equality and female...

Samantha G.-H.

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...


 

Girl Powered Tip: Change It Up!

tanisha.rajgor

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

FHSrobotics

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...


 

Changing Up Robotics with Girl Power- Made by...

TeamReconnecting

Robotics is a really big part of all of our lives. Girl Power can affect it very much, in a positive way. That's why we did this challenge. To show how much it means to us and how much it affects robotics.

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Girl Power Essay

MadisonL

Below is the attahcment of my Girl Power Essay. My name is Jeshua Milbradt however I submitted it under my team captains account.

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Girl Powered: Changing it Up, One Girl At a Time

gfr5327z

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

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Empowerment and Diversity in Robotics

mridhulav

"Empowerment and Diversity in Robotics"

by Sophie Qin and Mridhula Vudali

Team 95070G

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