The 2012 Young Australian of the Year, Marita Cheng, inspired Pymble Ladies’ College Secondary School students when she spoke about her passion for engineering and the need for more prevalence of females in the industry on 18 September.
Marita received the 2012 Young Australian of the Year Award for her dedication to encouraging young women to become interested in a career in engineering. She spoke with the Pymble students about her excitement of receiving the award and the many ventures she has undertaken in her career to foster a greater participation of women in engineering.
Marita also shared her study tips with the students and urged them to follow their aspirations. “Marita is an inspirational young leader and has achieved some amazing accomplishments and acknowledgements as a young adult,” said College Principal, Mrs Vicki Waters. “She is a wonderful role model to our students and proof that young women can achieve greatness if they follow their dreams.”
Marita founded Robogals in 2008, as a response to the traditionally low levels of participation by women in engineering and technology. Since its inception Robogals has conducted robotics workshops for 3,000 girls across 80 schools in Australia and now has 17 chapters across Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Marita has been named as one of the top 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Australia in 2009 and 2010 and is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Herald Sun Pride of Australia Young Leader medal, the Anita Borg Change Agent award and she was also acknowledged as one of top achievers under the age of 30 from across the world by the Sandbox Network 2010.