Three female youth work on building a robot

Girl Powered Robotics

Calling all wahine toa! Mums, stepmums, grandmothers, and aunts! Have you wanted to try your hand at building, coding, and driving a robot?

Girl Powered Robotics workshops with Kiwibots are being run at Hutt City Libraries to celebrate Mother’s Day and to encourage more girls to think about a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).

Hutt City Libraries runs a wide range of engaging workshops and talks for all ages to introduce new technology and scientific discoveries, inspiring our communities to give STEM a go.

“Hutt City has a reputation as a hub for cutting edge science, engineering, and technology businesses” says Lillian Pak, Programmes, Outreach and Partnerships Manager.

“Our workshops promote STEM subjects and careers especially to our tamariki and rangatahi. We hope to equip future generations with skills for jobs that may not have been invented yet, inspire innovation, and give our city a competitive advantage.”

Workshops will be facilitated by the team at Kiwibots, including female engineers who are happy to answer questions about careers in STEM and working in this space. Kiwibots run these workshops as a way to encourage inter-generational engagement in STEM and to create a safe space for girls that encourages them to take part and have a go.

“Girl Powered workshops are a supportive environment and opportunity to create awesome STEM experiences for girls that can lead to a better reflection of the diversity in our communities. Despite all genders showing equal interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in primary school, women only represent 30% of the STEM workforce” says Janet Van, National Manager Kiwibots New Zealand.

Youth sit around table as man shows them a robot
Rangatahi learn about robots with Phoenix and Pravin, educators from Victoria University of Wellington.

Interested in a more low-tech approach to STEM? Try any of our Bricks & Pieces sessions where we challenge tamariki to get inventive with LEGO®. Or sign-up to receive What’s On at Hutt City Libraries by email and look out for more STEM-based events.

Girl Powered Robotics

War Memorial Library
Saturday 8 May 2021, 10am-12noon or 1pm-3pm

Bring along your 7-11 year old daughter, grand-daughter or niece to a free workshop and find out how much fun robotics is!

Spaces are limited. Registration required. Book in by emailing

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