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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

 

Diversely Girl Powered

04vicdec00071

Essay about how our Girl Powered team, Code as Ice uses the robotics arena to connect our diverse perspectives with our love for robotics.  

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36637A - Chess Girls

Morojmostafa

•We are the chess girls. In our story, each of us will explain the problems and obstacles that we faced, and how we overcome them to achieve our goals.

•We also created a (Girl is Life) initiative, which included:

1- Helping girls to learn robotics without

facing problems like us.

2- Benefiting them from our experiences.

3- Explaining how we got the king in the opponent's team (The Black Team: Robots, Especially VEX Robots).

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Girl Power in Stem: Fostering an Inclusive and...

EeshaS05

This is our entry for the girl powered essay challenge. 

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Elizabeth alfonso GIRL-POWER

0434114

I was 12 years old when i first joined the robotics club in my old school. This was a new club they started and i was fasinated with it. I have always liked building and programing things and functioning them. I joined the building and programing group of my team. In my team it was only composed out of 6 male students and 2 females which were me and my friend.Initially, i had faced resistance because they tough that robotics was for males and me and my friend really wanted to try something new and well it was a really scary experience for us. But we got in the team and they accepted us in...


Elizabeth alfonso GIRL-POWER

0434114

I was 12 years old when i first joined the robotics club in my old school. This was a new club they started and i was fasinated with it. I have always liked building and programing things and functioning them. I joined the building and programing group of my team. In my team it was only composed out of 6 male students and 2 females which were me and my friend.Initially, i had faced resistance because they tough that robotics was for males and me and my friend really wanted to try something new and well it was a really scary experience for us. But we got in the team and they accepted us in...


HML ESSAY By Elizabeth Alfonso GIRL-POWER

parafruit

I was 12 years old when I first joined the robotics club in my old school. This was a new club they started, and I was fascinated with it. I have always liked building and programming things and functioning them. I joined the building and programming group of my team. My team was only composed out of six males and two females, who were my friend and me. It was a family from my eyes. Initially, I had faced resistance because they thought robotics was for males and me and my friend wanted to try something new. It was a terrifying experience for us, but we got on the team, and they accepted...