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.
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...
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...
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,...
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.
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 ;)
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!
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.
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...
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.
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.
*pictures go along with paragraphs*
I am Payton Bailey and I have been the only female on the High School VEX Robotics team 2567X for the past two years. I was aware when I decided to study engineering for the rest of my life freshman year in my classroom full of 23 other classmates, all male, I would have to deal with being in a predominantly male field. However, I had accepted that before I had ever thought about joining the best experience in my entire life, the high school robotics team....
When I hear the phrase, "Girl Powered" my mind is instantly drawn to the gender ratio that we are facing in the STEM fields. Males dominate the STEM field. My team is conscious of this issue.
This year our team consists of three females and two males. The girls being Emily, Amy, and I. The boys: Shuo and Miki. We are lucky enough to have an exchange student from Spain, Miki.
Miki is the Co-Driver along with Emily (they are also builders), Amy is...
Girl Powered. With the numerous protests and marches for equality among all genders, this topic has been discussed far and wide. In the wake of these events, girls around the globe have come forward to share their experiences in male-dominated industries and areas. These are our thoughts and stories on Girl Powered in VEX Robotics.
Madalynn Baumanis and Erin Chadban
Galen VEX Team 48327M Members
Title: Their Bot, Ada
School: F.W. Buchholz High School
Team Number: 13729A
Entrants: Briana Berger, Cindy Jie, and Heather Dixon
Each of us are female students from F.W. Buchholz High School in Gainesville, FL where we compete on the team 13729A. We each slowly fell in love with robotics differently. Briana saw robotics as the future and as a way to make an impact on a person’s life. Heather saw robotics as a way to express her love for the sciences. Cindy saw robotics as a way to mix her passions in computer science and physics to...
"More than robtics" is about what it means to us being a girl, what differentiate us from the others and how robotics has changed our life. A representaive characteristic of a girl team is the dadication and effort that we put into our work, as we make it eficient and agreeable, by perfectioning every last detail. We care about the unity between the team, it is necessary to have a good communication and relation because we work better and faster.
Each girl has found its place in robotics. Some because they like what they learn from it, others because of the things they...
My name is Grace and I have firsthand felt the power of Girl Power. It has been unknowningly been the driving force behind my path getting to where I am today. It has been the match that created the spark within me and in the time where that spark had deminshed it lit another. It was the fuel to my spark, it kept me going.
I know I did not use pictures, but I felt as if pictures would take away from what the words are saying. They would break up the emotion in the paper. Just how a movie can never fully display a book and in may cases take away from the book, a picture would take...
“The term Girl Powered is used in reference to an attitude of independence, confidence, and empowerment among young women.” When we first started robotics, we knew that it has been unusual for women to do robotics, but we decided to participate anyway. When we went to our first competition, we noticed there were only 5 girls out of 40 competitors including ourselves. We felt out of place and that we didn't belong with all the boys. Little did we know that in six short months we would be competing with people from all over the world, and we would still be...
Finding Our Place: Turning Inequality into Innovation
Team 3631C The VEXENS
11%. Only 11% of practicing engineers are women. 87% of women in tech fields have received demeaning comments from their male coworkers. So, how do these statistics compare to our robotics club? and how can we change them?
Out of 24 students involved in VEX at our school, only 7 are female. Out of these students, 28.6% feel as though they are treated equally in STEM-related programs. Unfortunately, 71.4% said they felt discouraged from taking part in STEM...