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140919 Robogals Feature

Everything You Need to Know About Robogals Newcastle

Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering and and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school.  This global organisation, founded in Melbourne in 2008, now has chapters spanning across four continents and 23 universities. Robogals Newcastle covers the Greater Newcastle, Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions.

Robogals Newcastle holds regular school workshops during university semesters at local schools. These workshops involve using basic robotics programming in order to attempt challenges and solve problems found in real engineering scenarios. Robogals Newcastle also aims to organise a Robogals Rural and Regional (RRR) trip every year. In their most recent RRR trip, the team took their fun programme to 298 girls at schools in Bulahdelah, Forster, Taree and Kempsey.

Getting Involved with Robogals Newcastle

Robogals is a completely not-for-profit organisation. School Workshops rely on volunteer uni students, with regular training workshops run for new volunteers to show them how to run a school workshop and how to use the robotics kit. Students mostly come from the faculties of Science and IT, Engineering and Built Environment and the School of Education, with volunteers coming from a wide range of disciplines. A Working With Children Check (WWCC) is completed in order to be allowed to volunteer in schools.

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Students interested in joining Robogals Newcastle can register a myRobogals account online and join their Facebook group.

To book a school robotics workshop with Robogals Newcastle, please email jack@robogals.org.au

Robogals Newcastle relies on generous donations from the community and corporate sponsorship to fund their workshop resources, reward their volunteers and maintain general operations. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact elizabeth@robogals.org.au.

For general enquiries email newcastle@robogals.org.au , or follow Robogals Newcastle on Facebook and RobogalsUoN on Twitter.

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