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Intel helps young women engage in STEM

Brian Karlovsky | Oct. 15, 2014
Intel sponsors Robogals initiative.

Intel Australia is helping to encourage young women to engage in science, engineering and technology with the sponsorship of Robogals.

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 is donating Galileo boards to various Robogals entities throughout Australia to encourage young women and girls to develop a passion and interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics {STEM).

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 managing director, Kate Burleigh, said Intel had long had a strong commitment towards supporting STEM skills amongst young Australians and that the company was proud to sponsor Robogals.

"As the Chief Scientist [of Australia, Ian Chubb]) said recently, STEM skills are the lifeblood of innovation and of emerging industries," she said.

"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 she had no doubt that the young people the organisation was sharing its knowledge and passion with today would 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," she said.


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