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Everything you need to know about Robogals Newcastle

Robogals is a student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary schools.  This global organisation, founded in Melbourne in 2008, now has chapters spanning across four continents and 33 universities. Robogals Newcastle covers the Greater Newcastle, Hunter and Mid-North Coast regions.

Robogals Newcastle organises to run robotics, science and engineering based workshops for girls ranging from year 5 to 8 at local schools. These workshops involve using basic programmable robots to attempt challenges and solve problems found in real science and 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 over 500 girls at schools in Tamworth, Armidale and Coffs Harbour.

Robogals Asia Pacific annually holds the Seminars Inducting New Executive-committees, known as SINE, bringing old and new executives from chapters across the Asia Pacific region together to share experiences form the past year, train the new committee and prepare for the upcoming operational year. The most recent SINE was hosted by Robogals Newcastle at the Broken Bay Sports and Recreation Centre. Furthermore, several social events and team building activities are arranged for Robogals Newcastle team members throughout university semesters for meeting likeminded people, networking and socialising.

Getting Involved with Robogals Newcastle

Robogals is a completely not-for-profit organisation. School Workshops rely on university student volunteers, with regular training workshops run for new team members to show them how to use relevant equipment and operate a school workshop. Team member roles within Robogals Newcastle are not limited to women or engineering students; they come from a wide range of disciplines, including the faculties of Science and IT, Engineering and Built Environment and the School of Education, . They are required to complete a Working With Children Check (WWCC) 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 follow their Facebook page for upcoming training, school workshop opportunities, social events and general updates of the club throughout semester.

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

Robogals Newcastle relies on generous donations from the community and corporate sponsorships to fund their workshop resources, reward the team members and maintain general operations. If you are interested in sponsoring or partnering, please contact newcastle.partnerships@robogals.org.

For all other enquiries, email newcastle.president@robogals.org.

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