Girls Meet Robogals
Wednesday, 19 March 2014
Year 9 girls from Bolton School Girls’ Division enjoyed an engaging afternoon of technology and engineering at a Lego Robotics Workshop held at the University of Manchester. The event was mentored by Robogals, a student-run organisation which aims to engage schoolgirls in engineering topics and improve female enrolment in engineering, science and technology courses at universities.
Working with Bolton Muslim Girls’ School, the girls were tutored in programming skills that enabled the robot to operate, including recognising light reflectance so that the robot would avoid certain colours of line, developing ultrasound sensors so that the robot could detect the wall and turn beforehand as well as focussing on movement adjustment, speed, turns and other manoeuvres and on sound so that the robot could talk!
The challenge was to programme the robot to follow a course through a Lego farmyard, without knocking over the animals or falling off the track, but to cover as much area as possible.
The project was great fun and the girls approached the project with great enthusiasm. They were supported by a team of mainly female students from the university who came from mixed disciplines, including engineering, civil engineering, physics and management.