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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.

 

 

 

Entries

 

THE NEXT GENERATION TEAM 2263C

alexamzt

The 2263C team has girls powered. They are leaders who light the way to a new generation. They dream to be an example for other girls and they are already getting it.

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Nothing Bot Girls!

calfen14

We created a Prezi showing a little bit about what our Nothing Bot Girls Girl Powered team is all about. When we hear Girl Powered a smile comes across our faces because we are excited to know there are girls out there with the same mindset as us to change the world. We created our all girls team to show that a group of determined females can get the job done just like anyone else can. We get out into the community to promote robotics and show that the times are changing and that girls in STEM is becoming powerful. Our determination to get more girls involved has made a difference at our...


Live Your Dreams- Girl Powered

vpng0306@gmail.com

Dreams used be just an imaginative fantasy. Before, there were too many barriers- especially between genders.

But in 8838C Voyage, anything is possible and anyone’s dreams can become reality. Here, no one is bound by their gender, ethnicity, or religion. Everyone is given a chance to express their passion for robotics equally, no matter what walls are put in between us. Our team believes in the importance of a diverse setting in STEM, especially in robotics. In our entry, we want to share our story of how we are able to live our dreams as people we...



 

A Whole New World

marshalls@pioneer.k12.in.us

Being a girl in robotics is hard sometimes, but when you have a team full of amazing friends and girls its not that bad. This is going to be talking about our teams steps through the years as an all girls team and not only mine, but the teams experience. 

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12J Beep Bop Girl Powered Challenge

12drobotics

We, Team 12J Beep Bop, are an all-girls robotics team from the Potomac School in Northern Virginia. We have been competing in VEX robotics as a team since 2016. During this time, we have had a surprisingly successful and wildly fun career in our school’s program, competing in the World championships and growing tremendously as a team. However, as an all-girls team we have also seen the challenges associated with being females in the STEM field. Because of this, our team has made it our mission to encourage girls in the STEM field, something that has made more of a...


 

The Girls of 675B

Sebbu

Robotics is often referred to as the “football” team of our STEM school. With over 100 members in the program, robotics dominates an entire hallway tucked away on the ground floor, filled with design debate, robots clashing, and metal cutting from three to five days after school.

Many girls in engineering struggle to find their niche within the vast field that is often dominated by males. We, Team 675B, define girl power to be the empowerment of females’ confidence and independence regardless of the situation. As a team, we embrace the girl power initiative and...


Women Empowerment in STEM

9447G

The following essay has been submited by team 9447G on our view of Girl Power and how we ustilize Girl Power in our approach to robotics.

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What Girl Power Means to Us

12P

What does Girl Powered mean to me? That is a hard question to answer because of how dramatically my viewpoint has changed in the past few years. My first experience in robotics, when I first came upon the phrase, I was a part of an all-female team that was friends in and out of the robotics room. At that point, I was proud to be a member of a “Girl Powered” team and smiled when I heard them announce such. In the following year, my team was forced to dissolve as we entered high school VRC, and I was placed on a co-ed team with two other girls and four boys. I was...


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