VEX IQ Challenge 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 IQ Challenge 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 VEX IQ Challenge team. The benefit of having a diverse team will become apparent through your individual stories.
MEANWHILE.. IN MISSISSIPPI THERE WERE THREE DIVERSE SUPERHEROES. THEY USED THEIR DIVERSITY TO WORK TOGETHER TO OVERCOME CHALLENGES. THEY WERE DIVERSE BECAUSE OF THE DIFFERENT ABILITIES (SUPERPOWERS) THEY EACH HAD. THEY JOINED TOGETHER TO BECOME THE AQUABOTS, AN ALL-GIRLS ROBOTICS TEAM, TO SAVE THE WORLD, ONE DAY AT A TIME…..
Do you have what it takes to play like a girl? Well we do, in our 7th Grade Girl Powered VEX IQ Team in Murfreesboro, Arkansas. Our team is comprised of three girls and one boy and he is only with us because the boy’s team had too many people. Our team has great communication skills and work well together to learn about robotics. This has been our first year with VEX IQ Robotics being offered at the school and we have taken the bull or controller by the horns to be the best we can...
‘Jobs for girls and jobs for boys’. This has been taught to us since childhood. It’s not a problem of our school, but a cultural, patriarchal and sexist one. We realized that a girl can and should break the barriers, and represent the movement of participation of the students in the field of robotics. Therefore, the Girl Powered appeared. It is not just the name of a movement that is popular nowadays, but the need to include and match the boys' knowledge and skills with the girls’ as well.
When we started practicing, we invited everyone at our school,...