“Popular culture would have you believe that to study science, let alone physics, you must possess a specific set of character traits. For the most part, these stereotypes mean the ideal prospective science student is anti-social, computer-like and nerdish beyond comprehension.”
Robogals is an international student-run organisation that aims to inspire, engage and empower young women to consider studying engineering and related fields. Bossy and Woroni stopped by a space-themed workshop, organised by the ANU division of Robogals, to see some volunteers and attendees in action.
“Perhaps it is not surprising that women make up only 14 per cent of the engineering workforce in Australia, and that only 16 per cent of Australians with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) qualifications are women.”