Overview

Robogals Adelaide president Elise Fahy with a LEGO NXT robot

Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to engage school girls 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 primary and secondary schools girls visit Imperial College where university student volunteers (both female and male) conduct fun, educational LEGO robotics workshops.  Activities also include 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 schools, 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 that attracted significant media coverage (2009), Big Bang Fair (2012), 'Robot Safari' at Science Museum London (2013) and workshop at local library (2014) while future plans include science fairs, engineering camps and other initiatives. We are always looking for new ways to reach public especially school girls.

Robogals was founded by undergraduate engineering student Marita Cheng at the University of Melbourne. Robogals London at Imperial College was the first chapter set up in the UK, and has now successfully expanded to other UK universities such as Cambridge, Bristol, Southampton, Loughborough and Manchester, just to name a few.

We have been featured on primetime Australian 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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