Robogals at Halls Head Primary School.


Carys Manning, Molly Pedrana, Tiffany Knuckey and Phoebe Mains.
Robogals at Halls Head Primary School.
Carys Manning, Molly Pedrana, Tiffany Knuckey and Phoebe Mains.

As part of the workshop, girls in years 4 and 5 got to learn how to program a robot.

University of WA Robogals president Angela Dalstra said it was important for schools to get girls involved in engineering.

“We target the girls in years 4 and 5 because they are still interested,” she said.

“The older girls are not really keen to take part in a robotics class.”

Ms Dalstra said gender stereotypes can make girls reluctant to take part in a robotics class.

“If we say it’s a robotics class for everyone the girls won’t come, but if we say it’s a robotics class for girls they will,” she said.

Robogals is run by students and aims to get schoolgirls interested in engineering from a young age. The long-term goal of the project is to increase female enrolment in engineering, science and technology courses at universities.