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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.






Girl Powered Essay

Girl Powered Essay


When we hear the phrase, Girl Powered, we think of females who are independent and achieve things that are “hard for girls to accomplish”. This is put in quotation marks, because many people think that females are weak and can’t achieve the same things that males can. Girl Powered is an empowerment of girls. This phrase makes us treat females equally and give them equal opportunities. Some may even look up to accomplished females in respect and awe. There are many females who changed the world. They...


Movement Towards a Girl Powered Initiative: Our...


     In Vex Robotics, robots are able to function with the conjunction of parts such as gears and axles and the cortex and controller. These accessories are drastically distinct by looks; however, they are crucial to each other’s function. These corresponding parts allow robots to advance along the competition field. Similarly, with a diversity of individuals having different skill sets, the team was able to make strides towards success in terms of the engineering process. Among these strides, smaller steps towards female empowerment arose within our robotics...


Girl Powered: Our Story


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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Not Fast, But Furious - Overcoming Stereotypes


Overcoming Stereotypes

Each girl in our team has been interested in becoming a part of robotics and technology for years, but many of us have had a rough start. Some were told they were too young, and others were told that robotics wasn’t a girl thing. Despite what others said, we still strived to become a part in robotics. Last year, the eighth graders of our team were seventh graders. Because a girls team wouldn’t work with our schedules, in the end, we were all separated into boys teams. That year, many of us struggled to find a place...

Marrs Robotics- Turning The Inexplicable by 1073D


What comes first to our MINDS when we say the word “Girl Powered”?

Well, hold that thought for a second and we will explain you our version.

1073D E-LEMON-ATORS Girl Powered story:

First, We are 1073D Presenting you this online challenge ( We are a team of all boys! ) what you might think is that why a Boys robotics make a Girl Powered challenge? We used to have six teammates, 5 of them we’re boys and 1 of them was a Girl. Okay we didn’t care that she was in our...

Team 4073A's Girl Powered

How girl powered changed us for the better.




Written by: Shelby Lollis and Aleena Vela

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A Girl's Experience


Have you ever wondered how girls are a part of a vex robotics team. Even if you haven't ever thought that, you will know now. These are my personal experiences as a member of robotics, some good, some not as pleasent. After reading this, you will know how I was treated in robotics. Everything written here is true, all of my emotions have been poured into this piece, and I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I have enjoyed writing how i've felt for so long.

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What does Girl Power mean to HBS Inferno?


To us, Girl powered means making the point that everyone has an equal chance to do robotics; many girls are curious about the world of science however not a lot of people try to motivate girls to pursue a role in the field of science. Girls only make up twenty three percent of the VEX participants and only twenty four percent are part of the STEM workforce. Girl  power is the reference to an attitude of independence, confidence, and empowerment among young women.


We ourselves understand the importance to spread girl power as we ourselves have faced backlash...



When I hear the phrase "girl power" what comes to mind is what girls can do to impact the world. I believe just because we are a certain gender doesn't mean we can't do things like anyone else such as building. It affected my teams approach to robotics by now having female teams. My team consists of only females and we were able to build a robot succesfully and attend competetions. Our other girl team 8871B won the accelence award in both competitons attended this year. Our team president is also a female. We also have other teams with both genders that also do...