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.
We are Team 3796C, an all-girls VRC team from South Carolina! Our goal in this challenge was to capture our amazing journey over the years since our founding. We hope it has been accurately reflected, and we hope our story can inspire and motivate others.
Yarianis is a girl with too many hobbies. She could never imagine that a group of four boys would need her to complete a new challenge. Would Yarianis despite being in other extracurricular activity, accept the challenge join and connect to the new world of the robotics?
We are team 2616Y, an all-girls team from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. This is our second and final year in robotics and we are beyond to excited for the path ahead. This past year has been phenomenal for us as we qualified for worlds through the Design Award and qualified for the state competition for this season. Aside from strengthening our robotics skills, we have reached out to younger girls in our school district and have encouraged them to join the club and continue our legacy.
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