GGC - MALTA 2023-24 robot prototype
Digital 3D model the girls made, representative of their robotic invention

A team of students representing JA Malta won the Girls Go Circular Robotics Competition at the Women and Girls in STEM Forum in Brussels this week.

Through their invention, the girls showcased their dedication to finding sustainable solutions, demonstrating how technology can be harnessed for positive environmental impact.

Named Rocky Co2, the team is made up of three students: Antonia Ciappara from St Nicholas College, Dingli Secondary School, Dingli; Sofiya Chuzhda from G.F Abela Junior College, Msida; and Elizabeth Kovrigina from IES El Getares, Algeciras, Cádiz, Spain.

The team pulled together across two countries, with the help of video conferencing, to think of an environmental problem, and brainstorm a detailed, science-backed solution. 

Their invention aims to accelerate natural weathering, through a process called “enhanced weathering”, to reduce the levels of carbon dioxide in the air, to aid in combatting global warming. 

Speaking on their experience with the programme, one of the girls said, “the programme has certainly sparked our interest to further our studies into current environmental issues, and thus we will keep striving and advocating for a cleaner planet”.

GGC is a programme aimed at teaching girls, aged 14-19, all about the Circular Economy, and narrowing the Digital Skills gender gap, through a number of hands-on learning modules. JA Malta is a member of JA Europe, and is one of the 10 hand-picked countries selected to run this cutting-edge course for girls.

This programme is coordinated by eit Community Education and funded by the European Union.

Girls Go Circular is supported by HSBC Malta Foundation and Melita.