Robotics Education & Competition Foundation
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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.



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 CoquitrĂ³n 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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