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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.

 

 

 

Finalists

The Real Turning Point

anishk23733@gmail.com

“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...




Breaking Barriers: A Girl Powered Essay

Emfranks1069e

We are team 1069E Critical Mass from Berthoud, Colorado. In this essay, we discuss the importance of teams being Girl Powered, along with the challenges girls in robotics face. Our team hopes to inspire other teams to adopt values that promote and celebrate diversity, and we strive to make VEX Robotics a more inclusive environment.

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Stacked Against Us

Will9545Z

While trying to brainstorm ideas for the title of this VRC challenge, we had many different ideas come to mind, but finding one idea to display the information was hard. After many trials, we came up with the title “Stacked Against Us”. This title not only has a VEX related meaning but also has real-life meaning too. Throughout our team’s VEX career, we have received doubts about having girls on our team. Even with better driving skills, communication capabilities, or better building or design, we still feel as if the odds are stacked against us. In our essay, we...



 

Girl Powered: Our Story

allisonstaricka

This is our story on how we have perserved through a male-dominated program, ensured our place in the program, and how our team has integrated the Girl Powered initiative into our team dynamic.

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Team 4073A's Girl Powered

lollis970@westsideunion.com

How girl powered changed us for the better.

 

 

 

Written by: Shelby Lollis and Aleena Vela

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Passing On The Legacy

ssyar2003@gmail.com

This is the story about how Major Trouble was born. How we've learned, and grown, and passed on the legacy of causing some Trouble. 

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Jessamine Puella Power

hannah.heady@gmail.com

This is the story of how 1859S became a female powerhouse for JCTC Vex robotics. 

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Girl Powered: The "Turning Point" of VEX

VanAnhN

With the Girl Powered movement in mind, 2496R has taken the initiative to promote inclusion, collaboration, and kindness within our team- regardless of gender. By continuing with our efforts, we hope to inspire a "turning point" in the gender gap! 

Team Number- 2496R

Entrant- VanAnh Nguyen

Other Team Members- David Seo, Devin Ho, Jessica Duong, Kaelyn Pieter, Alan Onuma, Emma Jung, and Kelly Zhou

Title of Submission-  Girl Powered: The...


 

Made by Women

7701E-Eclipse

                          Made By Women

     Only around 5% of all roboticists in the world are women. The recent rise in the girl power movement directly affects our team. Our team has tried to extend our arms to interest other individuals. We have each tried our hands at each of the different fields of robotics such as programming, building, and driving, and have found those that we are the most successful at. Through the program in the school, we have tried to diversify...



Girl Powered and Inspired

Camila1495

We are Team 33172D from Miami, Florida and this is Our Girl Powered Journey.

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Reinventing The Status Quo

fotsuji21@caj.ac.jp

Hello guys! We're a small team from Tokyo, Japan. Out of 14 members in the Robotics club, there are only 4 girls. But that doesn't keep us from being equally vital members of the team. Our goal is to "Reinevent the Status Quo" for the girls in upcoming grades, so that boys and girls alike can freely persue their passion for Robotics. 

The evident gap in the girl to guy ratio, not just in robotics but in any STEM field, has set forth a movement to empower girls in the community, which is great. But I don’t...


 

The 2496X Girl Powered Story

michellemankuusa@gmail.com

Beckman Robopatties Team X has seen many changes over its 3 years of existence, and we want to share our Girl-Powered Story with you! We hope you enjoy and are inspired by our story as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you!

Sincerely,

Team 2496X

Team Members: Michelle Manku (Entrant), Anna Spence, Shrishti Dalal, Meghana Raj, Megan Su, Genevieve Gandara, Taruna Manku, Surabhi Tadvalkar. Daniela Campuzano

Word Count: 1454

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Girl Powered: A Recipe for Success

sarinamiller

We love cooking shows and we have put together a recipe on how to create the perfect team.  Inspired by our different cultures and passions we have worked together to bring something to you that is just a little bit different each and every time.  Bon Appetit!

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Nothing Matters as Long as You're Doing What You...

mlund

8838A is a #GirlPowered team from Irvine, CA. 

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Having the Courage to Take Flight

ellacuna

Our team is 9682A from Olympian High School, Eaglebots as we like to call ourselves. This is our story.

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2nd

A Turning Point in STEM

Eastwood8787

Women's lack of paticipation in STEM careers is an alarming trend that has always plagued our world. If we want women to take a greater role in these careers, where do we start? Girl Powered is the answer. Girl Powered is a movement that encorages diveristy in the STEM field in order to close this significant gap between genders. Both boys and girls are essential in STEM in order to generate diversity and build a successful world. By hosting the world's largest Girl Powered events in the world, Eastwood Robotics hopes to contribute to this movement.

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My Pathway TO STEM Girl Powered

Eastwood8787

Eastwood's approach to including everyone and learning the value of teamwork.

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