Midlands Science is a not for profit development company which works to create greater interest in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths] education and skills among students, teachers and members of the public in the Midlands [Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath]. This is is a key issue for the region’s development. Key projects include our annual Midlands Science Festival, Midlands Science Diaspora, Little Numbers, JUMP Maths and a number of activities around science skills development.
We reach 13,000 people directly per annum and our work has been independently and positively evaluated and found to be impactful, creative and innovative. We make a particular effort in all projects to engage with those from lower socio-economic backgrounds, as they are the least likely to engage with STEM outreach.
Our goal in delivering these projects and the ‘Midlands Science Festival’ is to focus on increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths literacy amongst the Midlands population. Our hope is that young people will better understand that science can be fun and therefore be encouraged to pursue careers in science related fields. We also wish to help teachers, providing them with resources that they wouldn’t normally use and get students thinking about science beyond the lab. And finally, we hope that parents will feel more confident about supporting science and understand that it requires investment if we are to address the current science skills gap in Irish society.
- Build public awareness of the importance of science in everyday life.
- Increase dialogue about science and technology throughout the region.
- Re-invigorate interest in STEM by presenting high-quality educational
and entertaining events.
- Provide opportunities for direct interaction with real scientists and talented speakers.
- Encourage younger audiences to partake by working with local schools.
- Encourage collaboration between like-minded stakeholders to ensure
we provide a meaningful event for a large number of people during
Who We Are
Meet the Midlands Science Board here.
Meet The Midlands Science Team
Midlands Science provides opportunities for people of all ages to explore and discuss issues of scientific interest and encourages young people to consider a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. Throughout the year, we deliver programmes for primary and secondary schools in the region and raise awareness of the value of STEM to our society and economy. Each year, our annual Festival welcomes visitors to over a hundred events and receives extensive media coverage. This work is delivered by our team, Jackie Gorman, Pauline Nally and Gillian Maunsell.
The work of Midlands Science is a real and tangible example of how we can teach children about the wonders of the world in a simple and hands-on way. It will hopefully instill in the young students a love of learning, particularly about science and the world around them.