Overview

The girls are programming their dance-bot during a Robogals workshop.

Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to engage school girls in engineering from a young age, with the long-term goal of increasing female enrolment in engineering, science and technology courses at universities.

Our primary activity is having university student volunteers (both female and male) visit girls (primary and secondary) schools to run LEGO robotics workshops and mentor teams in LEGO robotics competitions. The university students are provided with the necessary training to teach LEGO robotics, and an important goal of the organisation is not only to have a positive impact on the girls, but also to provide a rewarding experience for the dedicated students who volunteer their time and skills to the organisation.

We also run a range of other activities around this central theme. Past events have included a robotics competition (2008), a mass robot dance (2009), a t-shirt design competition (2011), attending trivia nights and assisting girls in the Robocup Junior competition (2012). Future plans include holding a Robogals Rural and Regional (RRR) trip to schools in regional areas, movie nights, and a high-tea sponsorship evening.

Robogals was founded by undergraduate engineering student (Young Australian of the Year - 2012) Marita Cheng at the University of Melbourne. As of 2012 Robogals has chapters at the University of Melbourne, University of Queensland, Australian National University, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Columbia University, University of Arizona and the Imperial College London to name a few.

We have been featured on prime-time national TV (The 7pm Project, The New Inventors), had live interviews (ABC Radio 774, Nova 100), made it into newspapers (SMH, Herald Sun, The Age) and online media (What Degree Which University, Woman on Top).


An interesting read - Women in Engineering (May 2012), Engineers Australia

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