- 13 October 2014 12:04
Intel Australia Announces Robogals Sponsorship
Run by university students, Robogals works with primary and secondary students to inspire interest and harness skills in engineering, coding and computer programming skills.
As part of the sponsorship, Intel Australia is donating Intel® Galileo boards to various Robogals entities throughout Australia to encourage young women and girls to develop a passion and interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). The Galileo is an Arduino-compatible development board designed for students and makers to integrate STEM skills and create interactive objects, including ‘Internet of Things’ projects.
“Intel has long had a strong commitment towards supporting STEM skills amongst young Australians and we’re proud to sponsor the wonderful work Robogals does to drive participation from young women and girls,” Kate Burleigh, Managing Director of Intel Australia and New Zealand, said.
“As the Chief Scientist said recently, STEM skills are the lifeblood of innovation and of emerging industries. Around 75 per cent of the fast growing jobs require STEM skills and knowledge.
“If we want young people to be inventors rather than just consumers of technology, to be critical thinkers and innovators, and to problem-solve, we need to start early in encouraging interest, curiosity and passion for STEM.
“The work that Robogals does to inspire young women and girls – and their male peers at school – is a great community service that we are proud to throw our support behind.”
Robogals UNSW President, Sharon Chen said: “I have no doubt that the young people we are sharing our knowledge and passion with today will become the inventors and innovators of the future.
“Our mission is to show young women and girls how technology and engineering can be both deeply fascinating and highly rewarding. We want young women to be not just users of technology but creators of technology.”
Intel (NASDAQ: INTC) is a world leader in computing innovation. The company designs and builds the essential technologies that serve as the foundation for the world’s computing devices. As a leader in corporate responsibility and sustainability, Intel also manufactures the world’s first commercially available “conflict-free” microprocessors. Additional information about Intel is available at newsroom.intel.com and blogs.intel.com, and about Intel’s conflict-free efforts at conflictfree.intel.com.
About Robogals Founded in Melbourne in 2008, Robogals is an international student-run organisation with chapters spanning across four continents and 26 universities. The program aims to increase female participation in Engineering, Science and Technology through fun and educational initiatives, including robotics workshops in schools and science fairs.
Robogals’ founder, Marita Cheng, was named Young Australian of the Year in 2012. In her acceptance speech, Marita stressed the need to engage children with robotics programs from a young age.
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