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Your Say: Help Robogals bring science and engineering to life for children

In keeping with the Robogals mission of encouraging schoolgirls into science, we have been working at Cabot Primary School in St Pauls with a diverse year six class

What a time it’s been for us University of Bristol Robogals! In keeping with the Robogals mission of encouraging schoolgirls into science, we have been working at Cabot Primary School in St Pauls with a fabulously diverse year six class of 30 pupils.

In our weekly afternoon sessions, we have been giving interactive presentations on scientific themes; from science careers, to the work of engineers, the presentations have covered a broad range of topics. Additionally, we have been running workshops involving LEGO robotics, house design (using Google Sketchup) and house building with the highly scientific tools of spaghetti and jellybabies. Certainly, the children’s infectious enthusiasm and mischief have fuelled us Robogals into a busy second term.

Having secured generous funding from the University of Bristol Dean of Engineering to help pay for exciting workshops, we are also planning the SINE weekend for all the Robogals chapters across the world. Indeed, the global team, including the founder, fly to the UK and hold the conference. The event will take place on the 28th-29th of January in Bristol and promises to be a huge success.

Simultaneous to our innovative school based work, we have organised accommodation, food and rooms for the expected 40 people. Excitingly, we are also presenting at ‘Access to Bristol scheme’ on Wednesday 25th when 30 local sixth-formers learn about pathways to University.

We haven’t stopped there. Naturally, our ever expanding society of Robogals Volunteers are organising a stall for the engaging ‘Discover Bristol’ event in Cabot Circus on the 8th-10th of March to involve and educate the wider Bristol Community as to Robogals mission.

Additionally, following our incredible response from Cabot Primary School, we are in some promising talks with some wonderfully interesting schools for more projects this term. Certainly, 2012 looks to be a great hear for Robogals filled with fun, learning and mischief.

If you’re looking for a challenge and think you could volunteer with Robogals please contact emma@robogals.org.uk or search INSPIRE Bristol on facebook. You could really make a difference by volunteering with us, not to mention how impressive it looks on a CV. Similarly, we are in need of sponsorship, so any local business’ who want to get involved please get in touch. We would provide extensive advertising opportunities in exchange for your support.

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