World’s Best Science Shirts 14

Ok, you can’t buy this shirt. I just stuck their logo on one. It’s because I think Robogals are really cool and if they had time they’d probably have a shirt just like this. Check them out at www.robogals.org.au

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.

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