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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.

Entries


 

HBS saBOTage's Journey

hbssabotage123

Join HBS saBOTage in their journey to success.

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Let's cause some Major Trouble!

ssyar2003

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

MarrsMiddleMaggie

Doing this so I can be on the first page

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VRC Girl Powered Online Challenge

ana.332365

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

asmith

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

quincygirlsrobotics2017

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

IJHOLTON2017

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

aromomartinez01

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...

Coquitron2284A

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

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Girls Have Power Too!

KillerMonkeys

 

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

batmanpanda

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!

88825G

Team number:88825G
Team name:Wingirls
Slogan:bite the bullet,break a leg
Email:sfls88825g@163.com

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Dream Machines

desilm808

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

jennafazio

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

JessicaD

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

wbowen

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?

2616Y

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...

kumuiokepa

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

Maikelblancom

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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9364X: Pursuing My Passion

9364-IronEagle

From the start, I knew that words and writing were my life. That’s GIRL POWER… right?  But what I did not know was that my passion did not stop there. Now that I have joined VEX Robotics, my passion and my definition of GIRL POWER have changed. 

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A Girl's Journey in Robotics

Paytonbailey

*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....


 

The Strengths We Carry: Girl Powered Essay

Emfranks1069e

This essay is about the importance of inclusivity in STEM fields, the importance of representation in the media, and about the experiences we've had in robotics.

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Contradicting the Gender Ratio

2020casiquemarvey

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...


 

Discovering Girl Power Through Nine Seasons of...

jessicacindey9090c

Included below is our submission for the Girl-Powered VEX Online Challenge consisting of an essay and a small photo album to go with.

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Galen's Thoughts & Views on Girl Powered in STEM

GalenVEX

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

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Their Bot, Ada

brianamberger

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 robotics...

sweetch1119

"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 Path through Girl Power

CuteCat2

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 Power of Girls

shadiemay0000

 The essay for ' The Power of Girls' is to show that with our team of girls all working together to achive goals. Girls midsets are creative and show ideas that will make and accomplish anything and everything in our path.

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9635C - Girls Can Do Anything

kaylah.holland

“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...


 

Yes We Can!

uatkeson19

Women have been working, fighting, putting every ounce of their strength into their STEM work, and excelling at their craft throughout history.... to read more and see our images feel free to download the document.

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Who runs the world, girls.

CECTriBots2017-18

A team trying to change the world by including more girls.

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Finding Our Place: Turning Inequality into...

bubblz1102

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...


 

We Can Do It!

Jessica-Ford

"We Can Do It!": How a group of friends overcame personal challenges and stereotypes to transform the Malibu High Robotics team into a female-dominated group.

Written By: Jessica Ford, Ava Norrell, and Lauren Maischoss

Team Number: 224S

Title: We Can Do It!

 

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Girls with Goals

robohawks8838A

Join team 8838A on its adventure throughout competition robotics as an all girls team! Although we may be faced with some challenges, we will always be able to overcome them and find great solutions as a team.

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