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.
Made By Women
Only around 5% of all roboticists in the world are women. The recent rise in the girl power movement directly affects our team. Our team has tried to extend our arms to interest other individuals. We have each tried our hands at each of the different fields of robotics such as programming, building, and driving, and have found those that we are the most successful at. Through the program in the school, we have tried to diversify...
Our robotics class is very diverse and shows how both girls and boys could do the same things to acomplish a goal. Girl power represents how girls can do things like any other guy could. Our coach who is also a female works really hard to show her students that its about working toether and having fun. Not about winning all the time and only letting the best compete. Girl power shows that anyone can do something great.
When the phrase 'girl-power' is mentioned I usually assume that it has to do with how much power a female has within her environment. The girls within the team take a serious approach towards robotics because we know that even though we may not be the best in some area's we do strive in the other options. My team members are all girls-for the most part. We have many different jobs that we are assigned to each day, I have worked on programming, building, being a journalist, and a driver. I may not have been good at programming but I did excel in the doing daily entries and...