Robogals: Bringing Engineering to Girls
Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school (the boys are welcome too!). They originated at Melbourne University and now have chapters at twelve universities across Australia, New Zealand, the UK and Ireland. Robogals offer school visits, competitions and fun events. Visit their website www.robogals.org.au for more details and join their newsletter (The Amplifier) mailing list for monthly updates, “how-to” videos and profiles of inspiring females in tech.
Their primary activity is having university student volunteers (both male and female) visit 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 organization is not only to have a positive impact on the schools, but also to provide a rewarding experience for the dedicated students who volunteer their time and skills to the organization.