Robogals initiative programming new career path for girls

FRIENDLY RIVALRY: Chloe Parish, Georgia Reyer, Asiah Golaz, James Line and Isabella Wythes put their sumo robots into the ring for a battle. PHOTO: Jude Keogh

FRIENDLY RIVALRY: Chloe Parish, Georgia Reyer, Asiah Golaz, James Line and Isabella Wythes put their sumo robots into the ring for a battle. PHOTO: Jude Keogh

GIRLS from across the region had a lesson in coding and the importance of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects through UNSW’s Robogals program this week.

The three-day regional event was hosted by Canobolas Rural Technology High School and run by members of UNSW chapter of the Robogals program.

Students from Orange High School, St Mary’s Public School, Molong Central High and Blayney High School participated in several coding activities, including a sumo robot battle.

The program aims to expose girls to STEM subjects and encourage them to pursue STEM-based higher education courses and careers.

UNSW Robogals chapters president Monique Moushis encouraged girls to enrol in STEM subjects in year 11 and 12.

“If you start a subject and think ‘this is too hard, maybe I can’t do this’, don’t think that, get help and make sure you push through all of it because eventually you’re going to get somewhere,” Ms Moushis said.

“If you don’t get an offer, just go for it anyway. There are so many pathways, ask your parents, ask your teachers and contact universities and TAFE.”

Canobolas Rural Technology High School community liaison officer Vince Lovecchio said the workshop provided female students with people to look up to.

“It’s important for young girls to have visibility of role models of the same gender,” Mr Lovecchio said.

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