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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.


9364X: Pursuing My Passion


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


*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


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

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...


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


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

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...


"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...