Robogals encourage high school girls to enter science, IT fields

Damascus College girls used Lego robots to rescue survivors trapped at the end of a maze, when Robogals visited their classroom yesterday.

The student-run organisation aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school.

Robogals rural schools manager Shirley Tan said the workshops were designed to provide training in Lego Robotics programming which encouraged logical thinking, problem solving, as well as preparing students for learning other programming languages.

“We teach girls about building robots and how to program them,” she said.

“It’s hopefully helping to get more girls into science or IT fields as there is a shortage of girls in these fields.”

Year eight student Ellie Carroll, 13, said it was an experience like no other.

“Because we’ve never done anything like this before it was a really good opportunity to learn how to program things,” she said.