Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School
The Irma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School (IRYWLS) is a member of the Young Women's Preparatory Network, a nonprofit organization that partners with public school districts to operate the largest network of all-girls’, public, college-preparatory schools in the nation. Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School is proud to be the first all girls’ public school in Texas. IRYWLS' mission is to provide young ladies in grades six through 12 with a global education that emphasizes mathematics, science, and technology in a rigorous Pre-Advanced Placement academic environment.
In 2018, the students of classes 2019 through 2022 of IRYWLS created "Carving Our Own Path," a piece to represent the journey of the sisters, in both past, present, and future, and how it impacted their community. The students began with brainstorming ideas and creating their own design before combining several designs and choosing a color scheme. Additionally, the students explored the electromagnetic spectrum of light, thermal expansion, behavior of waves, the Doppler Effect, and heat transfer.
As ARO's first "official" project as a 501(c)(3) organization, ARO hosted a three-day workshop in 2017 for rising 7th grade girls at IRYWLS in partnership with the Young Women's Preparatory Network. Hands-on chemistry, electricity and circuitry, light spectra, thermodynamics, glass blowing, glass fusing, welding, and business math lessons complemented their glass experience. In the hot shop, girls created a periodic table featuring handmade glass bubbles colored by corresponding element-rich powders.