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.
“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...
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.
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...
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
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...
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...Read more
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!
Team Members: Michelle Manku (Entrant), Anna Spence, Shrishti Dalal, Meghana Raj, Megan Su, Genevieve Gandara, Taruna Manku, Surabhi Tadvalkar. Daniela Campuzano
Word Count: 1454
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!
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.