Who we are:
Robogals is made possible by our amazing volunteers from universities and young professionals of all genders. We come from a wide range expertise from engineering to law to commerce and are all united under the cause of gender equity in engineering and technology.
What we do:
Chapters run engineering and technology workshops free-of-charge in their local communities, focusing on encouraging girls from primary to secondary school to explore an interest, as well as cultivate self-confidence, in these areas.
Introducing female engineering students to girls at a young age also provides visibility to female role models, of which there is a significant deficit in the STEM field. The lack of relatable role models has been identified as a cause of low uptake for minorities in all professional and academic fields.
Regional initiatives such as The Robogals Challenge (EMEA) and Pathways Into Engineering (APAC) provide engagement outside of our workshops. These programs encourage self-learning and foster a long-term exposure to the engineering community at large.
Why we do what we do:
There is a gender disparity in the STEM workforce as well as at higher education across the globe:
Australia: Women make up 28% of the STEM workforce in Australia, with only 14% in engineering
UK: Women make up 14.4% of the STEM workforce in the UK, with only 8.2% in engineering
USA: Women make up 24% of the STEM workforce in the USA, with only 14% in engineering
Canada: Women make up less than 22% of the STEM workforce in the Canada
Saudi Arabia: Women make up 1% of the STEM researchers in Saudi Arabia, with 34% enrolled in science masters courses
Philippines: Women make up an impressive 46% of the STEM workforce in the Philippines, but only 11.2% in engineering!
Why does this matter?
Decreasing the gender disparity in STEM fields provides more opportunity for women to generate fair income, as well as encourages professional environments that are safer and more productive for women.
Not only this, the engineering industry can tangibly benefit from an increase in gender and racial diversity because a workforce made up of varying genders and minorities creates team dynamics conducive for better problem solving7,8, produces better overall business management 9,10,11, and reflects today’s increasingly differentiated customer base9, all of which lead to improved business performance.
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Anyone can join, but would probably need an interest around engineering, not competition based more workshop based.
Free of charge
None needed, anyone can join.
Apply on website, apply with your school to get a workshop or as an individual in your area.