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.
When I hear "girl power", I Imagine girls doing things that people thought would be impossible. So my team is an all-girls team and this relative to us because a lot of people think that well could do just a drivetrain but in real life, we could build a whole working robot. So my team start with just six girls but now its seven girls and two boys so our group has grown a little bit, but the people we got are new to robotics thing like what is a drivetrain and how to build a claw, so one of my teammates and me took a day off from building to...
Our GirlPowered essay tells about one of the most inspiring women of history; Amelia Earhart. It tells about her life and how people thought she would never be able to accomplish the amazing things she did purely because she was female. Our essay also tells about the differences between an all girls team and a team that has all or mostly boys, and how societly often looks down on girls only because we are female.
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...
We are the only all-girls robotics team at Armijo HIgh School and it's been a hard year for us to be able to keep up, especially since we're all rookies. However, even though we faced many challenges and setbacks, we stayed together along the way and each other figure things out. We may have had struggles along the way, but at least we struggled together.
We are Zoe and Harper from teams 12E and 12F, this is our story of how being the only girls on all male teams has brought us together and helped us become more successful in robotics and STEM in general.
Robotics has taught us so much about male perceptions of girls in STEM and we have had the opportunity to see how much has changed in the world relating to women in STEM fields. We have learned that small steps make a big impact and while putting yourself out there in an unfamiliar situation may be uncomfortable, it is important to stand up for what you believe...