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23
Oct

Teachers acknowledged as vital STEM “gatekeepers” at launch of I Wish and DCU Initiatives

I Wish has released its annual survey of more than 2,200 Transition Year students, which shows secondary school girls and their teachers still don’t know enough about STEM subjects and the careers that can follow.

Key findings include:

  • 59%  of girls say they don’t know enough about STEM
  • 93% of teachers say self-belief in girls’ own ability is a major challenge to STEM promotion in schools
  • 90% of teachers want to see workshops for girls to enhance resilience and confidence
  • The more STEM-related events a girl attends, the more likely she is to choose STEM subjects to Leaving Cert level and beyond.

 Eleven thousand Transition Year girls have already experienced the I Wish showcase. This year, another six thousand will be introduced to the vast number of opportunities STEM has to offer.

View the findings of our 2018 Survey report here.