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Cork, Ireland. Wednesday, April 27th 2022, Copy Edited by Adam Rizvi, TIO: I Wish, the organisation inspiring and encouraging teenage girls towards STEM, has welcomed the First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy to one of its US/Ireland STEM twinning exchange programme schools, Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Cork. The First Lady met transition year students who earlier this year took part in the I Wish STEM programme.
The I Wish Twinning Programme was launched earlier this year. The collaborative STEM twinning initiative connects teenage girls with their peers as well as provides vital access to influential female STEM role models throughout the year. The annual I Wish STEM showcase event was attended by more than 17,000 teenage girls globally who linked with over 70 female STEM leaders.
The programme is set to be rolled out in further US and Irish schools in the future.
Schools participating in the I Wish STEM Twinning Exchange Programme explored three themes: transformative technology, the world through my eyes and protecting the planet, for the annual I Wish STEM Showcase in February 2022. Transition year students at Ballyphehane presented their projects to the First Lady during her visit to the school.
Caroline O’Driscoll, co-founder of I Wish said: “We are delighted to welcome First Lady of New Jersey Tammy Murphy to one of our first US/Ireland STEM twinning schools, Presentation Secondary School in Ballyphehane. Collaboration and knowledge sharing are at the heart of the I Wish global twinning programme. The girls in our pilot schools have the opportunity to engage with their peers in a growing network of schools globally with different approaches and experiences.”
During her visit to Ballyphehane, First Lady of New Jersey, Mrs Tammy Murphy said, “I am thrilled to visit with the bright, hard-working, creative, and fearless young women of the I Wish STEM Twinning Exchange Programme. As we all work together on a global scale to take on challenges like the climate crisis and recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, collaboration, cooperation, and innovation skills, like those learned at I Wish, are paramount. In New Jersey, I was incredibly proud to lead the effort that made our state the first in the United States to incorporate climate change education across our Kindergarten through 12th-grade learning standards. By preparing our students with the critical thinking skills to tackle these challenges, both New Jersey and Ireland are raising strong leaders of tomorrow.”
The STEM twinning programme is part of an expanded offering from I Wish, which now engages girls year-round at key touchpoints in their lives. Along with the free annual global STEM event, I Wish is running third level mentoring programmes and primary school classroom visits with young STEM professionals and students
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