Our Tech Schools Ambassador Marita Cheng is the founder of Robogals, an organisation that sends university students and professionals into schools to teach young girls about robotics. The organisation has run workshops for more than 41,000 girls across five continents. Marita’s work on Robogals saw her named the 2012 Young Australian of the Year.
Marita is also founder of aubot, a company that develops robotic arms and telepresence robotic assistance for people with disabilities. Marita has a passion for encouraging young people to become interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
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A message from Marita
The Tech Schools initiative has captured my imagination and interest because it taps into my love of inspiring more students into STEM education, training and careers. When I was at school, my mother would tell me to do the household chores. While I did them begrudgingly, I would dream of the day when a robot could do all my chores for me! In high school, I participated in a workshop on robotics; it sparked my interest and opened up my mind to a career in engineering, an option I hadn’t considered before. Fast forward a few years and I was on my way to university to study a Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)/Bachelor of Computer Science, the course that would give me the tools to be a roboticist. I hope that Tech Schools will help thousands of young students explore their interests and expose them to the global opportunities that a career in STEM can offer. I’m supporting this initiative because it gives students the opportunity to learn using cutting-edge technology and, most importantly, it will inspire kids to think about a career in STEM and think, ‘yeah, I can do that!’. I’m sure these learning centres will create a wave of tech-savvy learners ready for the 21st century, and I can’t wait to see what they do.
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