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.
This entry is from team 1666R, an all-girls robotics team based in Menlo Park.
Girl power is the way we approach problems, deal with failures and how we innovate and create. VEX creating an initiative around girl power is a great way to get girls to raise awareness of robotics as a “sport”. And why not? Robotics is not just about building robots. It’s about community, teamwork, resilience, and innovation.
We are team 9682A from Olympian high school, in California. We are a relatively small team consisting of only four girls coming from various experience levels. Although our program is young, started only four years ago, our advisor Mr. Avasan knew he wanted to dedicate a team to female representation in robotics. Since this year is the first we could afford multiple teams, some of the female members in the program volunteered to be on a team. Although every individual brings something different to the group, it isn’t as much of a group of individuals as it is a...
When I hear the phrase “girl powered” what comes to mind is using women’s empowerment as a driving force to succeed. Micah, our team captain is the main programmer. She also designs, builds, and drives the robot during competitions. I build and notebook. Mckenna builds, notebooks, and drives. Emerson builds and notebooks. Each member of our team has tried almost all possible roles that a robotics team can have. We learn something new and improve when we try various roles. I believe a diverse team brings new ideas and perspectives to a robotics team. Being on an all-girls...
When I hear the phrase "Girl Powered" I think of equalization between boys and girls. I think of an equal number of boys and girls. I think of Girls being involved in anything that in the past would only typically by only boys. In my school we really execute this especially in robotics.
On our robotics team there are nearly as many girls as boys. Most of those girls are either builders or programmers. At Johnson, the teachers and staff in general encourage all students to try new things. This includes trying...
In this essay you can read about how when it comes to the Rebel Robotics team, it doesn't matter what you are. Everyone on our team is there for one reason, to build. Whether we're building our bots, our character, or our friendships--- team 9080 knows that everyone on our team has the equal opportunity to be a builder. I can learn about robotics whether I'm in jeans or wearing a skirt. It's important for other girls to know that when it comes to robotics there is no limit as long as they're up to the challenge.
The entry can...
As a team, we believe Girl Powered does not stand for fighting among one another, rather Girl Powered stands for raising one another up. This essay reflects the way we have grown in robotics, been empowered by Girl Powered, and worked diligently to pass it on to the next generation of girls in STEM.