Innovative Education and International Volunteering Projects: study abroad capacity-building initiative with Robogals Kagoshima

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in workshop, seminar, course


Female students in some of the National Colleges of Technology in Japan (KOSEN) have been working to increase the number of women who enter their college for STEM programmes (Tsukazaki, 2019). Students have been volunteering at local elementary and junior high schools to teach programming skills to younger generations, and female pupils in particular. Their goal in volunteering is to foster interest in STEM and to introduce children early on to female role models.
Conducted with university and college collaboration, this study abroad capacity building initiative was designed to support Japanese female students in their volunteering projects. Students from two National Colleges of Technology in Japan participated and four teachers from different colleges joined as faculty observers. The objectives were to advance student volunteers' language and classroom communication skills, led by Dr Aisling O'Boyle, alongside the development of leadership in organizing workshops for children, and teaching ICT skills to children.
Period07 Nov 2018
Event typeWorkshop
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Gender
  • Volunteering