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VRC Girl Powered Online Challenge Sponsored by Google

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 VEX Robotics Competition team!

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, to 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 VRC team. The benefit of having a diverse team will become apparent through your individual stories.



HBS saBOTage's Journey


Join HBS saBOTage in their journey to success.

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Let's cause some Major Trouble!


Read on to see how our all girls team Major Trouble is helping to both break through the gender stereotype that robotics is just for men and to help develop an interest for robotics in younger girls.

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Our Girl Power


Doing this so I can be on the first page

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VRC Girl Powered Online Challenge


My name is Ana Green and here is my entry for this online challenge.

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What It Means to be a Vex Eaglette


I think it has been an honor to be apart of such a supportive and welcoming team. This team was inspired by "Girl Pwoered" because we want to show the community what girls can do behind a computer. It all started because it would be one girl in an all- guys team, and us girls were looked down upon. The guys underestimated us and we wanted to show our capabilities and worth through our skills.

When we hear "Girl Power," we think of girl empowerment. It shows importance because there a initiative purposely for us and it makes us feel special, like we belong in...

Quincy Girl Powered


Our team thinks the Girl Powered initiative is an important one that empowers teen girls to dabble in STEM, more importantly it shows us that even though us women are underrepresented in STEM but with everyone's overall push towards enough representation with girls in STEM we all feel more inclusive with the efforts many groups like Girl Powered try. Girl powered in our words is women empowerment, a push for inclusiveness in STEM, especially in robotic. Girl Powered gives our team a moral boost, showing us that...


Differences Don't Maddder


This paper is about the history and mistakes the world has made.  This paper shows ways girls can be involved, and ways girls have previously been mistreated.  Our history encourages women to try harder and try harder to be more successful then others.

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Not Just Princesses


Two girls in a Vex Competition Team learn how to be engineers and learn extra skills needed to have a successful career. In this photobook, you will enter their world and see how they are Not Just Princesses.

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Girls Empowerment Effect on Coquitrón Robotic...


Essay describing the girl effect on Coquitron Team from San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico

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Girls Have Power Too!



Girls Have Power Too!

When I hear the words “Girl Powered”, the first thing that comes to my mind is the power a girl can have in any field. Girls can be equal to boys, maybe even more! They have the power to do anything a boy can do. My team believes that girl powered means that a lot of big things like companies, everyday items, and inventions are powered by girls. They help behind the scenes, or out in the open. Without girls, a lot of the things you take for granted would not exist.

I am the main programmer of my team,...


Engineering For All


With our all girl team we hope to spread to send a message throughout Eastern Michigan that while engineering is male dominated women also have a place. Throughout our essay we explain our roles and how entering this program has influenced our lives, future plans included. 

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Our Team! Wingirls!Bite the bullet,break a leg!


Team number:88825G
Team name:Wingirls
Slogan:bite the bullet,break a leg

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Dream Machines


Hello Everybody! This is the 3671C Dream Machine-Canyon Hills (The Alpha) Girl powered entry. Our pdf file is in the files section. In the links/videos section we have the link to our prezi, just for reference. Also for reference we have the transcript of our whole presentation under the files tab. One last thing is our team picture under images tab ;)

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Vexy and I know It- Girl Powered


This is my first year participating in VEX Robotics, and I wanted to share the experence that I have had so far this year. It has been quite an experience!

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Girl Powered: Following Our Hearts


Entrants: Jessica Duong and VanAnh Nguyen

Team Number: 2496V

Title of Submission: Girl Powered: Following Our Hearts

Follow VanAnh and Jessica as they recount the inspiration “Girl Power” has given to their team. By contributing to various roles and promoting inclusion, the girls have helped their team strive for success!

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12J Girl Powered Challenge


We are team 12J, an all-girls team from the Potomac School. Being women in STEM has shaped our robotics experience, both positively and negatively. The attached PDF details the struggles and successes which we have endured, leaving our team filled with Girl Power.

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Girl Powered: Y-Naught Girls?


This is the story of 7 self-conscious girls finding their voice in a male-dominated sector. This is the story of 7 bewildered girls demystifying the concepts of programming, designing, building and strategizing. This is the story of our Girl Power. Forcing ourselves to learn everything on our own built grit; it built resiliency. This process, though mind-numbing at times, forced us to access our ability to problem-solve and tested us like no activity has done. Through VEX Robotics, we gained confidence in our skills, and only hope that it will...


Neener Now or Neener Never...Girls can do...


Kimara is the kind of girl who is always there for people when they need a friend. She faces many issues alone but still does anything to make someone smile. She was very shy but, one day she showed everyone she is fierce and strong. Her passion for everything burned brighter than all of her fears and shyness.  

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Crossing the gender barrier


Hello, we want to introduce ourselves as equals, we're just a group of four girls who have found in robotics a whole new world to discover. Probably just like you did at some point when you were starting in this field. And we weren't afraid to board in, like no one should. We want to transmit the thrilling sensation of being able to build what started as a mere idea with your own hands, that moment when you realise that you're learning what moves the world nowadays. The sweet taste of success.

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