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Next iMug Monthly Meeting—
Tuesday 22 August 2017

iMug meetings return to Ross House in Flinders Lane

If you have not joined us this year, our venue at Ross House is easily assessable from all parts of Melbourne, night rate parking is nearby, the room is warm and friendly and there are great fast food places across the road. Find out for yourself in June and enjoy one of our favourite speakers on a great topic of very current interest. Always remember that guests are warmly welcomed!

Time: 6:30pm start
Where: Ross House, Level 4, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne (between Swanston & Degraves Streets)—If an usher is not at the door to let you in, press the intercom button marked Floor 4 Front (not Rear).

iMug AGM

2017 iMug AGM Agenda

Girls Rule! Melbourne Robocats: Programming, Electronics and Robotics

Presenters:
Dr Therese Keane, Deputy Chair, Department of Education; Senior Lecturer, Education, Swinburne University of Technology
Milorad Cerovac, Senior School Teacher and robotics Coordinator, King David School

If you are interested in the upcoming generation becoming involved in programming and robotics, and particularly if you are wondering if girls are interested, then this talk will really encourage you!

Rarely would one consider software programming, electronics and mechanical engineering as a sport. And yet for three days in March, at the home of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, teams from around Australia and the Asia/Pacific came together for a competition touted as a 'Sport for the Mind'. Amongst this group of 40 teams were the all-girl Melbourne RoboCats, a team of 17 students from a vaiety of different schools across Melbourne.

Sponsored by Swinburne University of Technology, BAE Systems, Ford Australia, Salesforce, Rockwell Automation, Invetech and Boeing the Melbourne RoboCats are currently the only all-girl FIRST Robotics Competition team in Victoria, and the only all-girl team outside New South Wales.

The competition challenges students from Years 7-12 to design, build and program a robot capable of performing prescribed tasks against a field of competitors. Students form teams and, under guidance from industry and university mentors and teachers, are responsible for every facet of this competition.

…And how did they go?
This all-girls team sponsored by Swinburne's Innovation Precinct won the South Pacific Regional of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

More about Therese

For over 20 years Dr Therese Keane has been a stalwart for empowering girls in STEM. Her passion and many achievements have been acknowledged by her peers in her receiving numerous national and state awards.

Therese is involved in the provision of professional development to ICT teachers and research into the use of technology, gender inequalities in STEM based subjects, robotics in education and computers in schools for teaching and learning purposes.

Therese runs humanoid robot (NAO) workshops for primary and secondary school students during the school holidays and is also involved with the FIRST LEGO League, as she is the Tournament Director for Victoria and is a lead mentor for the RoboCats – a school girl only robotics team that participates in the FIRST Robotic Competition.

More about Milorad

Milorad spent his initial working life as a research assistant at the Telecom Australia Research Labs before joining the IT field as a computer programmer.

Driven by a desire to reverse the decline in students engaging with the Sciences, Milorad implemented a series of programs which culminated in 2011 when a group of students represented Australia at the International CanSat France competition.

In late 2014 he co-founded the all-girl ‘Melbourne RoboCats’ robotics team, which brought together students from across the greater Melbourne metro area, with the objective of inspiring more young ladies to the disciplines of design, engineering and technology.

Additionally, Milorad runs outreach programs for students from socially disadvantaged schools as part of his voluntary work with the Ardoch Youth Foundation; and since 2016 he has been volunteering with Google’s Robots in the Outback program that has teams of mentors travelling to remote and rural communities to help kick-start their school’s robotics programs.

 

As always, friends and visitors are especially welcome.

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