200G - The All-Girl Team
200G is LanceBotics' all-girls VEX Robotics team. Our team consists of 16
girls ranging from grades 9-12, all dedicated to immersing ourselves
within robotics, the VEX community, and the stressful but incredibly
rewarding competition VEX brings.
We are here to challenge the stigma around all-girls robotics teams. We are here to demonstrate -- not only to the VEX community -- but to ourselves that we are just as capable of working hard, learning lots, and succeeding as a team. We are here to prove that our awards are not the result of us being all-girls, but from our consistent dedication, determination, and genuine desire to learn.
Tower Takeover is 200G’s second year in VEX, with Turning Point being our team’s rookie season. 200G all started with our original co-captains, Sylvia Gehring and Crystal Jin. Both girls were involved in Lancebotics and VEX for two years prior to the founding of 200G, but they both became aware of something significant about robotics: there was an incredibly disproportionate amount of males and females on the team, and it was becoming more common for females to join the team, come for a couple of build sessions, and quit. They came to the realization that being a part of a co-ed team may feel especially daunting for girls who had no prior experience in robotics, and that they may feel worried about being judged by other team members for not understanding how VEX works. This made sense to Sylvia and Crystal as to why after a couple of build sessions, some girls may leave the team. After coming to this understanding, they agreed to start a new all-girls team under the Lancebotics organization, with the goal of providing an environment where girls do not need to be worried about being judged for what they do not understand and where girls may feel comfortable learning with each other. So, 200G was born. Our journey during the Turning Point season was a blast, from late night build sessions in Crystal’s basement to ranking 15th as a rookie team at Ontario Provincials to receiving the highest robot skills rank out of all four Lancebotics teams to winning the design award, judges award, and build award. Turning Point was an outstanding season that set the foundation for 200G’s VEX journey. And now, we’re coming back for more. With seven new and four returning members, 200G is ready to take on the field for another season. We are ready for another year of hard work, perseverance, friendships, and tears, and we are ready to demonstrate to the world what this all-girls team from Toronto is capable of.
Facts and Achievements
- Founded by Crystal Jin and Sylvia Gehring to promote girls in STEM in the Leaside Community
- Ranked 16th place in Robot Skills in the province last season
- Received the Create and Judges awards last season at regional competitions
- Nominated for and receieved a sponsorship of $1000 from the Ontario Teachers Insurance Plan Sponsorship of School Projects and Initiatives
- Helped organize MeCh Savvy : a crash course robotics workshop in collaboration with the Canadian Association for Girls in Science
- Produced eight alumnae last season, all who pursued STEM or Business careers
- Received the Build award at the 2019 VEX Ontario Championship
- Founded in 2018, a team of all girls consisting of mostly rookie members who are eager to learn
Meet the Members
200G Team Captain, Builder, Driver
Hi! I’m Crystal Jin and this is my 4th year on the LanceBotics team. I am the Team Captain and Driver of 200G. When I’m not doing robotics -- which is pretty rare -- I participate in Junior Achievement, DECA, and play on our school’s golf and field hockey team. This season, I hope to qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championships! With this being my final year of high school and VEX, I hope to make it the most memorable.
Hey! I’m Yi Lian, I’m in grade 12 and this is my 2nd year on the LanceBotics team. I build, work on media (e.g. reveal videos, our Girl Powered stories, etc.), and am responsible for the scouting and strategies on 200G. Outside of robotics, I am a Learning Centre Co-Chair for the Toronto District School Board Student Senate, and I am also involved with my school's DECA and HOSA clubs, yearbook committee, badminton team, and dragon boat crew. I also hope to qualify for the VEX World Championships, but more importantly, I hope to learn from new experiences and develop connections with new friends this season.
Engineering Notebook, Photographer, Writer
Hey, my name is Sameen Yousuf and this is my first year on the LanceBotics team. My role as a member in 200G is to document everything that goes on during meetings, team sessions and competitions in our engineering notebook. Outside of LanceBotics, I am the president of Leaside’s Arts Council, a junior editor in the school Chronicle, and a member of the Drama Club, Yearbook Committee, and Stage Crew. I joined LanceBotics as an attempt to try something new and be a part of something big. This year, I hope to help my team qualify for Worlds and make new friends along the way.
Builder, Media Team Co-Captain
Hey! My name is Jaya Roy, I am in grade 11 at Leaside High school and this is my second year on LanceBotics. I am the other co-captain of the media team and I’m a builder on 200G. Apart from robotics, I am in stage crew, arts council, and law club. I hope to return to the track team this year! This season, my goal is to learn how to be a good media co-captain, help my team get to worlds, and get the highest score in skills of all the LanceBotics teams. I’m excited to get this season started and see what we can accomplish!
Hey, my name is Angel You and is my first year of VEX Robotics. I am both a builder and programmer on 200G. Other than robotics, I am involved in rugby, lacrosse and fast pitch at school. Outside of school, I like to do karate, play music, take pictures and learn new languages. This season, I hope to simply enjoy my first year of Vex and make some memories with new friends :)
Hey, my name is Dasha Akopyan and this is my first year on the LanceBotics team as the designated competition photographer. Outside of Robotics, I am co-leader of the Leaside Chronicle and Leaside Concert band, and I participate in Peer Tutoring and Stage Crew. With this year being my only year within Robotics, I hope I’ll get to have great experiences with my team - this includes during competitions and during alone time of course - and to take decent photos for LanceBotics!
Hello! My name is Alex Mohl and I’m in grade 11 at Leaside High School. This is my first year in VEX. I’m a programmer on 200G. Outside of robotics, I play hockey, badminton and rugby. I’m also the co-president of law club. This season, my goal is to learn more about programming and expand knowledge of coding. I’m super excited to be on 200G and can’t wait to meet new people and get this season started!
Hi, my name is Laura and I'm currently in my third year of VEX Robotics as a builder. Aside from robotics, I enjoy playing video games, watching movies, skateboarding, karate and dance to list a few. I look forward to competing this year with my team and gain new experiences while having a great time!
Hi, my name is Grace, and I’m in grade 11 at Leaside. This is my first year in LanceBotics, and I’m a builder on 200G. Some other clubs I’m a part of include Law club, Arts council, and stage crew. This year I hope to learn more about building strategies, and get 200G to worlds!
Hey! My name is Savita Passi and I'm in grade 9 at Leaside High School. This is my first year in LanceBotics and I am very happy that I got on to the 200G team! Other clubs I do outside of robotics are DECA, Bronze Medallion Swimming, Piano, Indian Classical Dance and Kumon. My goal for this year is to learn how to build a whole robot with minimal guidance. This way, I can test myself if I really understand how to be a builder!
Hi, my name is Riley and I’m in grade 9 at Leaside High School. This is my first year on LanceBotics and I am very excited about it! My role on the team is a builder and programmer. Outside of robotics I play basketball and swim. My goal for this year is to learn everything about the process of building a robot from start to finish.
Hi, my name is Iliyana and I’m in grade 9. My role on the team is builder. Beside robotics I enjoy listening to music, playing video games and watching movies. My goal for this year is to learn how to build robots and to be helpful to my team! The reason why I decided to join the team was because I have always been interested in robotics and when I was younger I tried and failed multiple times to build a robot.
Hello, my name is Yena Jeung and I am a grade nine student at Leaside High School. I wanted to join robotics because I have always been very interested in this type of field. I was also partly inspired by my uncle who works as a computer engineering professor at a Korean university. As extracurricular activities, I play piano, flute and cello. I also like to read books. I guess my goal would be to experience this new environment and learn some things from it.
Hey, my name is Alexis Andrysek, I am in grade 9 at LHS and this is my first year on the LanceBotics 200G team. My role on the team is programmer. Some other activities I participate in include piano, singing, rock climbing and skiing which I do outside of school. I also enjoy art and reading. My goal for this year is to learn how to build and code robots and pose as an asset to the team. I am excited for what this experience will bring, creating new memories and friends and what I will learn being a part of it!