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.
The phrase “girl powered” has been encouragement for girls everywhere and our team is no exception. The phrase is used to express the strength for women to rise above the majority and any hardships that stand in the way. For us, girl powered means to be your own hero, in everything you do. May that be in your career, personal life, or simply just robotics club. Girl power is strength. Girl power is independence. Girl power is confidence. Girl power is inspiration.
Our Girl Powered Journey
“Girl powered.” It stands for so much. The Cambridge definition: the idea that women and girls should be confident, make decisions, and achieve things independently of men, or the social and political movement that is based on this idea. Our definition: Girls that earn well deserved credit for their knowledge, skill, and determination in anything they pursue. Also females who manage to wield power in societies that try to limit it; where their leadership is stigmatized and their creativity disdained. And women who resist and...
Our Story in Vex IQ
As it is well known, Vex IQ is a branch of robotics in which you begin to understand the processes of robotics and how it works through programs and commands. For us, starting in Vex IQ was something unexpected, because we did not have a defined view of what would be involved in it, but we did know that it would be something that, for many of us, would turn into a vocation in the future or simply a hobby in which you can learn something new.
The workshop consists in girls from 12 to 14 years of...
Hello! I am Sage, and I on an all-girl robotics group, Team 55990B or GIRL POWER! It is the first all-girl team we have ever had! I think it is fun being on an all-girl team. It’s been a fun season, but we only have three girls on in our group because one of them moved. Because there are only three of us, when we are building our robot or improving it we have different roles. One of us would be grabbing pieces that we need for our robot. Somebody else will be building the robot, and the final person will be helping build. If the person who is grabbing pieces doesn’t need...
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Hello, We are 5 Apache girls from Whiteriver, Arizona. We are all members of the White Mountain Apache tribe. This is our 2nd year in roboitcs here at Canyon Day Junior High School. Robotics is exciting. We hope more girls are inspired to join roboitcs. Read our story and we hope you like it.