Marita Cheng founded Robogals Global in 2008 as a response to the traditionally low levels of participation by women in engineering and technology. In 2012, she was named Young Australian of the Year.
The daughter of Chinese parents, Marita was born and raised in far north Queensland and now studies at the University of Melbourne. She is dedicated to encouraging young women to pursue careers in engineering.
Robogals uses fun and educational activities to teach schoolgirls about engineering and the difference that engineers make to our lives. Already, Robogals has run robotics workshops for 25,000 girls across 300 schools in Australia and now has 27 chapters across Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Japan. For her work with Robogals, in October 2012 Marita was named one of 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review and Westpac.