Lego robots at school – sound too good to be true?
Well, it happened last week at Batemans Bay and Moruya secondary schools when the schools hosted the Australian National University’s Robogals, a student-run organisation that wants to show girls that science and engineering can be fun.
The Robogals held workshops with years seven to 10 girls at Batemans Bay and Moruya high schools, who learned to see the fun side of engineering and mechatronics by having a go at Lego Robotics.
The students were volunteers and the visits were part of ANU’s Partnerships Program rural trip.
“Robogals is an international not-for-profit 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 computer science, engineering and technology courses at universities,” spokeswoman Katrina Zhou said.
“The students enjoyed the experience and learnt that science and engineering is clearly suited for girls as well as boys,” Batemans Bay High School head science teacher Gerard O’Keeffe said.