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Coomera students create robot to make roads safer in workshop

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A robot could soon control traffic on the Gold Coast if a group of students from Coomera Rivers State School turn their idea developed in an entrepreneurial workshop into a reality.

27 female students from grades 5 and 6 were this week put through their paces in a one day workshop from the Academy for Enterprising Girls, a Government-supported initiative designed to inspire and educate the next generation of female founders via its website, online learning academy and workshops held in more than 100 schools around the country this year.

Hosted by social enterprise Young Chang Agents the girls were encouraged to identify an issue of concern in their local community, then use design thinking to develop a business idea to solve it.

One team identified the dangerous roads in the local Coomera Rivers caused by an increase in the number of cars driving at peak times and motorists not giving way.

Their idea was to create a robot which uses a barrier to better control the flow of traffic.

In addition to the machine, the girls also wanted to develop a business that keeps motorists calm, and so created a company called 'Healthy Mindset' which provides tea and coffee to drivers to ensure a healthy mindset.

The other groups had some fantastic ideas to address problems including gender pay equality, racism, pollution and more.

If you are interested in having the Academy visit your school, please ask your teacher or principal to put your school on the workshop waitlist.

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