Workshops getting girls into technology
ROBOGALS Robotic Workshops have been making their way across the Mary Valley.
The first workshop was held last Wednesday at Dagun, followed by workshops at Kandanga State School, Gympie Central, Amamoor State School, Gympie Library, Mary Valley College and yesterday, the last one was held at Gympie South.
Robogals is a University of Queensland student-run volunteer organisation that aims to increase participation in engineering, science and technology.
The university students take their workshops across the state, giving girls in particular, the chance to learn and play with robotics.
The robots are made from Lego, and after assembling the robots, the pupils - both girls and boys - learn to write codes for the little creatures, then set them off on challenges, such as working their way around a maze, performing complex tasks and following masked tape pathways using sensors.
The introduction of the robotic Lego into the curriculum is in line with and supports both the existing Queensland and the new draft Australian Curriculum for Technology.