The Department of Engineering has awarded $500 to two female students from Kolbe Catholic College for their outstanding work in robotics and engineering. The funds will assist the students in participating in a national robotics competition.
Year 10 students Dijanna Marzic and Paloma Lione have been studying robotics under the guidance of teacher Ms. Veena Nair. They have developed a passion for robotics and engineering which has resulted in their participation in the FIRST Australia National Robotics Competition.
The competition brings together students and mentors to build robots that perform in a competitive-but-gracious environment against teams from all over the world. In building their robot and competing, students learn valuable life skills like teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, technical science and engineering skills.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Ms. Veena Nair and her students over the last few years. Being part of the students’ development has been a journey which I have thoroughly enjoyed. La Trobe University Engineering is proud to support the school and in particular we are pleased to see female students participating in STEM related subjects. We have recently created a mentoring partnership between female engineering students at La Trobe and the female students at Kolbe Catholic College in hope that this will inspire more female to study engineering”, says Eddie Custovic, academic and industry project coordinator in the School of Engineering at Mathematical Sciences.
Kolbe Catholic has been involved with the Department of Engineering through science and engineering outreach and the Robotics, Automation & Mechatronics Program (RAMP) for the past two years.