Did you know?
By the age of six, children start to classify jobs as male and female. By 13, they rule out careers that don’t fit with gender stereotypes. And 60% of girls aspire to stereotypically ‘female’ jobs by the age of 16. In Australia, women make up 28% of the STEM workforce, with only 14% in engineering.
There is a visible gender disparity in the STEM workforce as well as at higher education across the globe. Decreasing the gender disparity in those fields will provide more opportunity for women to generate a decent income, as well as encourage professional environments that are safer and more productive for women.
So, what can we do about it?
We decided to start a new FREE project intended to inspire, engage and empower girls into computer science, engineering and related fields. The program is meant for students with high intellectual potential who will be immersed in a class of their intellectual peers.
The gifted students will be part of an elite girls-only team called THE RAYS. The free program will run every Tuesday from 4 to 5 pm during school terms at Thebarton Community Centre.
The girls will start by learning the basics of Robotics, which include Computer Science, Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. On completion, they will work on advanced Robotics projects and will participate in RoboCup, First Lego League (FLL) and World Robot Olympiad (WRO) competitions.
Due to current restrictions, the class will be limited to 9 people. If the number of candidates will exceed the capacity, we will organise a STEM exam to select the best students. A waiting list will be available, as well.
- Age between 10 and 18.
- The learner must not be an existing or former student of Adelaide Robotics Academy.
- The candidate must demonstrate an interest in STEM areas. The preferred method will be by presenting the latest school report, which must include A or B grades in at least one of the following subjects: Science, Maths or Technology. If the students are not able to produce such a document, they may be offered the option to take an exam that will test their reasoning capabilities.
- They must bring their own laptops (Windows or Mac).
If you are interested in securing your children future career and they meet the above conditions, please contact us to enrol in the course.
Who are we?
Adelaide Robotics Academy is a STEM school for students between 10 and 18. We run an after-school club at Thebarton Community Centre as well as incursions and holiday programs for schools, libraries and OSHC in Adelaide.
At Adelaide Robotics Academy students learn Computational Thinking, Programming, Engineering based on a curriculum designed by Carnegie Mellon University.
The syllabus includes resources, materials, competitions, and tools for LEGO Mindstorms EV3, Arduino and Tello. The courses provide a structured sequence of programming activities in real-world project-based contexts.
The projects are designed to get students thinking about the patterns and structure of not just robotics, but also programming and problem-solving more generally. And the proof that it works is that in 2019 we won more trophies in RoboCup than any other school in South Australia.
On completion, students are invited to take a practical test and a theoretical 70 questions exam, and if successful, they are awarded a Certificate from Carnegie Mellon University.
Apart from building and programming LEGO Mindstorms EV3 robots, we learn Electronics by creating custom Arduino robots. Additionally, we have special classes for DJI drone programming. Both the coding and engineering courses are based on the principles of Computational Thinking.
Each year our students attend several excursions to inspiring Adelaide companies involved in high tech, automation, artificial intelligence and engineering.
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