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.
GirlPower is a phrase that is very important to us in our robotics program. We have had all-girls teams in our program, and they have been really succesful. Just because girls have long hair and pretty faces doesn't mean they can't make a big difference in the engineering feild.
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...
I’m a 15-year-old high school girl living in the city of Charleston, SC, I was born in Mexico and lived there for 10 years. Growing up I was taught that girls should dress nicely, be delicate, and be good housekeepers, but I knew that I could be more. I convinced my mom to sign me up to play sports. I have played sports for as long as I can remember and I always wanted to try new things and do my best. I was a natural leader in anything I did, I was confident... I heard at school that there aren’t many women in the field of engineering, I was interested and wanted to do more....
Our group consists of equal numbers of girls and boys which is quite nice. We rememberthinking this was typical but after going to few scrimmages we realised there were not reallymany other girls and that was quite interesting. In a male dominated activity, as girls, we didnot know what to expect but found the competition to be inclusive and enjoyable.
For our team the words, "Girl Powered" mean a lot 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 nonexistant . 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 most of the building. Other than that...