Former Robogals Adelaide president Elise Fahy with a LEGO NXT robot

Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to engage schoolgirls in engineering topics 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 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.

We also run a range of other activities around this central theme. Past events have included a robotics competition (2008) and a mass robot dance that attracted significant media coverage (2009), while future plans include science fairs, engineering camps and other initiatives.

Robogals was founded by undergraduate engineering student Marita Cheng at the University of Melbourne, and as of 2010 has chapters at the University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Adelaide, University of Western Australia and Imperial College London.

We have been featured on primetime national TV (The 7pm Project, Channel 10, 29 Sep 2009), had live interviews on ABC Radio 774 and Nova 100, made it into The Age’s Odd Spot (30 Sep 2009), the Herald Sun (24 & 30 Sep 2009) and various other media.

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