Robogals is a university student-run organisation that aims to increase female participation in engineering, science and technology through fun and educational initiatives aimed at girls in primary and secondary school.
When Marita Cheng realised that she was just one of five female students in her 50 strong electrical engineering degree, she knew something had to be done. In 2008 she launched Robogals – a not-for-profit organisation which today has more than 5,000 members in 25 chapters around the world including Australia, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Beijing and Tokyo. The organisation visits primary and high schools, including rural areas, where they host activities that engage the students to solve challenges while having a good time.
The primary activity is by university student volunteers (both female and male), who have been trained to teach LEGO robotics. They visit schools to run girl's LEGO robotics workshops and also mentor teams in LEGO robotics competitions. An important goal of the organisation is 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.
Robogals also run a range of other activities around this central theme including robotics competition, science fairs, engineering camps and other initiatives.