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.
We are one of two all-girl teams from Lake Stevens, Washington, with a working robot. We have six members with varying backgrounds and experiences belonging to minorities in STEM. We have created a website here. Our theme of pink is meant to embrace our shared sisterhood as women everywhere struggle to be taken seriously in their workplaces.
“61% of women engineers report that they have to prove themselves repeatedly to get the same level of respect and recognition as their colleagues” (Society of Women Engineers). Statistics show that there is a devastatingly low number of women in engineering and that the women who are in engineering are not respected as much as their male counterparts. Our team, 5327B, is working to change those statistics. On 5327B, we emphasize that everyone deserves a chance to learn and grow regardless of their gender. In our entry, we show how we are trying to change the engineering field...
Nika Filippov has been an industrious student for as long as she can remember. She works hard on her homework, pays attention in class and studies before all her tests. However, she never felt any devotion to any of her subjects, especially STEM, as she had been taught from a young age that STEM was for boys. However, this changed when she watched a TED Talk given by Debbie Sterling, a Stanford engineer. The TED Talk piqued her interest in STEM, and once she dug deeper into the field, she realized that she loved it. Nika Filippov has been an industrious student for as long as she can...
Girl Powered Q And A
Q: When you hear the phrase Girl Powered what comes to mind?
A: Girls joining and doing VEX and doing the robot tune up’s, making a robot or doing the code.
Q: How is it reflected in your team’s approach to robotics?
A: The way it’s reflected in the team’s approach is by all of us fixing and learning how to drive the robot.
Q: Share how your team has taken initiative to create a more inclusive environment that attracts a diverse group of students:
A: Stepping up to share our workspace...
The Eaglettes hosted a Girl Powered workshop to help young girls build and program their own robots to compete with. We taught communication, cooperation, and team building skills while having fun and making friends! We even had an ice cream party afterwards.;
When I hear the phrase 'girl power' I think of how much a female can make an impact on the world. Just because we have long hair and pretty faces, doesnt mean we cant build a robot like anyone else. Its affected my teams approach to robotics because we now have two female teams. 8871B has gotten the excelence award at our very first competition this year! Our teams consist of both females and males. We dont favorite any type of gender here. I for one can say, the girls have helped the boys complete robots. Our team president is a female! Every body on this team has a role....