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Welcome boost . . . Founding members of the Timaru Girls' High School robotics club (front from left) Mikayla Clare (15), Olivia Bagust (15), Mikele Horne (16) and Xanthe Julian (16), with (back, from left), digital technologies teacher Joyce Shankar-Kay, Timaru Host Lions Club board member Margaret Littler, treasurer Ray Jackson, board member Dereck Brownie and president Adrian Hall. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

A fledgling robotics club at Timaru Girls’ High School has received a major funding boost from a local service club.

The Timaru Host Lions Club gave $2000 to the club, to enable it to buy essential items to help get it up and running.

Principal Sarah Davis said it was exciting the Lions had helped the school get the club off the ground.

“We think it’s really important for the girls to have access to this, as we’re trying to promote girls into all sorts of wide-ranging careers and interests.”

Lions club president Adrian Hall said club members were impressed by how well the founding robotics club members made a presentation requesting funding.

“Robotics is the way of the future – it’s going to play a major part in their world.”

Digital technologies teacher Joyce Shankar-Kay said the robotics club had also had support from local businesspeople, Hadley Rich from nicegear and Tristan King from Vibrant Lighting giving up their time to work with the girls at lunchtime sessions.

Club members Mikayla Clare, Olivia Bagust, Mikele Horne and Xanthe Julian said once the club was up and running well, they would like to take some of the technology to local preschools and primary schools, and perhaps invite interested pupils from Timaru Boys’ High School to take part as well.