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Wednesday 24 April 2019

Niamh to inspire Girl Guides

Scientist and writer Niamh Shaw with the Irish Girl Guides
Scientist and writer Niamh Shaw with the Irish Girl Guides

Dundalk space explorer and science communicator Niamh Shaw PhD is set to blaze a trail for Irish Girl Guides (IGG) over the next year.

Dr Shaw, who is originally from Dundalk is an aspiring astronaut, but also an artist and performer. She is also a former Girl Guide, and was named Honorary Ambassador at IGG's annual Council meeting last week.

Dr Shaw said she was delighted to be selected as IGG Ambassador: 'It's a huge honour, and I'm really looking forward to the year ahead.'

'What I'm particularly interested in is empowering Girl Guides to pursue in life what they are most passionate about. STEM will naturally play its part in that exploration.'

'STEM subjects can belong in a creative environment as much as a technical one. If I can achieve success in delivering that message to Girl Guides in the next year, then I will feel that I have made a worthy contribution to Irish Girl Guides. And, since my passion is space, I would also like to explore the creation of a space badge too, if possible.'

The Argus

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