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.
A lot of things remind me of Girl Power is how we all have a Wonder Women inside of us and it makes all of us unique. I like this quote because it means that everybody has a supper power and it can be a big supper power or it can be a small supper power. I think that all girls should join robotics because of girl power and how strong we girls can be. Girls are very powerful and awesome in a way they think. Girls are more than people think we can be. We can be engineers, mechanics, build robots, and can be as good as some people think....
“One woman can make a difference but together we can rock the
world” Unknown. When I think of Girl Power I think of how girls are how
powerful girls can be and how girls can be whatever they want to be. We
all are very important to the robotics team because we all do different
things to help out our teammates. Even though we are not all girls we still
get along and work together pretty well. We all have equal roles on the
team because even though I am a girl doesn’t mean I have to do the easier
roles on the team.
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.
Eliza Reynolds - 11th Grade - Media // Documentation
Anes Kim - 10th Grade - Programming
Mannan Goel - 10th Grade - Build // Design
Abhishek "Shake" Menothu - 10th Grade - Programming // Driving
Craig Bowlin - 10th Grade - Build
Ian Rainey - 10th Grade - Build
Word Count: 1267
For our team the words, "Girl Powered" mean alot of different things, it means that girls have a chance of survival, it means that we get to make a change to the world, it means that girls have an equal if not more of a chance to make a change to the world, and that without girls the world would be non-existant . Our team is living proof of this phrase, this is because our team is made up of two females and only one male.
Together as a team the three of us built the robot, though if we are being honest, us girls did...