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February 11, 2015

Robotics for girls, a fun way to encourage learning in engineering

 

Science and engineering are topics that have often been stereotyped as a boy’s domain, but a Waterloo learning academy knows that when girls are presented with opportunities in those areas, they not only love it — they thrive.

Brick Works Academy provides a fun, exciting environment for children ages six to 14 to learn about technology.

A Girl Scout Research Institute study called Generation STEM shows that 81 per cent of girls are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Considering that careers in STEM fields tend to be male dominated, it’s important to encourage young girls to explore those interests and provide opportunities for them.

Brick Works Academy is offering a Lego robotics workshop just for females to encourage more to give it a try.

While females are always welcome to sign up for any of the robotics programs offered by Brick Works and many do, some may feel more comfortable in an all girls environment. The girls-only workshop allows them to see if robotics is something they want to continue to explore and a chance to build new friendships.

Participants will design and build a dancing robot and outfit their new creation in costumes, as well as program dance choreography for the robot team — a great blend of STEM and art!

Lego is definitely not just for boys and Brick Works Academy shows females and their families how Lego sets can be adapted to a fun, educational play experience that appeals to all interests. Click here to see what an eight year old girl created in one of their Lego robotics class.

For adults who want to get in on the fun, Brick Works offers a parent-child workshop on the Lego Mindstorm Robotics System. Fill out the online form to be notified when a program that fits your needs is running.

For more information on upcoming workshops and programs in Kitchener, Cambridge and Waterloo, call Brick Works Academy at 519-722-8072 and check out their Facebook page.

You can also follow them on Instagram.

Published in the Kitchener Record Oct 12, 2014.





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