The Dinosaur Fun continues in Westmeath!

Dale Treadwell of Naturally Wild is well known for his RTEjr Television slots with Albie the Why Guy and Dustin the Turkey featuring wildlife to be found in Irish back gardens. Dinos Down under takes us back to Dale’s childhood back garden of Australia but with a twist, it is from 100 million years ago !! Dale was joined by some realistic Cretaceous Creatures on this interactive show.

Inspirational Career Talks for Mullingar Students

Athlone Institute of Technology (AIT) and Mergon International delivered an inspiring career talk at Colaiste Mhuire in Mullingar last week as part of national ‘Engineers Week’ celebrations. Senior technologist, Alan Mannion spoke to students about engineering career opportunities and course options available at AIT and Padraic McDonnell of Mergon International gave an insight into working in the engineering field, the diversity it offers and what it is like to work within this profession for a global company.

Aisling Nolan, General Manager of Mergon International said,

‘Mergon was delighted to join forces with local development company Midlands Science and Athlone Institute of Technology for Engineers Week 2018 which is a week-long festival of nationwide events celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. It is extremely important for Mergon as an employer to provide the student population with inspiring experiences of engineering, as part of collective national quest to widen the pool of young people who will go on to join the profession in the future. We want our workshops to encourage young people to reflect, discuss and realise how they can be part of solutions needed for a vast number and diverse range of society’s challenges by becoming engineers. These workshops extend young people’s real-world understanding and it was wonderful to have this opportunity during Engineers Week ’

The annual Engineers Week event is coordinated on a national basis by Engineers Ireland’s STEPS programme which is funded under Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover programme. Midlands Science together with industry and academic partners wanted to ensure that a focus was given to encouraging young people locally to take a closer look at engineering and demonstrate how far-reaching, creative and innovative engineering actually is as a sector.


Dr. Attracta Foley, a Chartered Civil Engineer and Senior Civil Engineering Lecturer at AIT also provided a talk in Mullingar during Engineers Week and addressed some of the students at Loreto College.

Orla Thornton, Director of Marketing & Communications at AIT said,

‘Engineers Week is a great opportunity for AIT to collaborate with Midlands Science and our Industry partners in going out to schools within the midlands in order to showcase the best of what AIT offers in engineering. The week is a celebration of all things engineering and it is a wonderful opportunity to show young people the diverse opportunities and career paths that engineering offers and of course to encourage them to explore the world of engineering and in turn the range of programmes that the faculty of engineering and informatics offers potential students from apprenticeships, degrees right through to PhDs. As a nation we still have severe shortages in some engineering areas for example in construction related areas such as civil engineering and Quantity Surveying. Our programmes address these regional and national skills shortages and this week is a great opportunity for secondary school students to immerse themselves into the world of engineering and all that is offers across the areas of civil and construction engineering, electronics and informatics and mechanical and polymer. All of our programmes in AIT are practically applied and industry focused and the collaboration between our industry partners such as Mergon is a great opportunity to inspire a new generation of potential engineers who will shape, design, build and automate for the world of tomorrow.’

Photo: Teacher Oonagh Donoghue with Padraic McDonnell of Mergon International, Alan Mannion of AIT and Pauline Nally of Midlands Science with 5th year students for Engineers Week talk.

The Ecology and Science of Rehabilitation of Bord na Mona Cutaway Peatlands

Date & Time : Tuesday November 14th, 6.30 to 7.30pm.

Location :Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Main Campus, Faculty of Science and Health, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event : The Ecology and Science of Rehabilitation of Bord na Mona Cutaway Peatlands

Irish bogs sustain a variety of flora and fauna and are listed in the Habitats Directive. Bord na Mona have begun an extensive rehabilitation of these bogs, aiming to rebuild the habitats and enhance wildlife. This presentation will share the science behind the development of biodiversity plans and bog rehabilitation. Booking

Poisons & Potions – Exploring Toxicology

Date & Time: Friday November 17th.

Location: Tullamore College, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Event: Exploring Toxicology

Exploring toxicology study and careers with science communicator Dr Craig Slattery. Toxicology is the study of poisons, drawing heavily on life and physical sciences, as well as being an applied practically-based subject. It’s not everything you might expect, many foods contain poisons and toxins. Bitter almonds, for example, contain traces of cyanide – the lethal dose for an adult is about 50 almonds, whereas a child would only need to consume 5-10 almonds. Fortunately, bitter almonds are heat-treated, removing the poisonous compounds and making them safe for consumption. Cherry pits, certain mushrooms, potatoes and rhubarb also contain toxins that could prove fatal if consumed in large amounts. This event is now fully booked.

Exploring Maths

Date & Time: Wednesday November 15th, 11am.

Location: Sacred Heart School, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Event: Maths Study and careers discussion and workshop.

A engaging discussion with maths Professor Ciarán Mac an Bhaird of NUI Maynooth. This event is now fully booked.

Careers Workshop

Date & Time: Tuesday November 14th
Location: Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event: Careers Workshop

Careers workshop with Cpl and AIt exploring various study options and career choices in science, technology, engineering and maths. This event is now fully booked.

Back To The Future With Science

Date & Time: Thursday November 16th, 1pm to 4pm

Location: Engineering Building, AIT, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads 

Grab your Nikes, calculator watch and hover board because we’re going Back To The Future !!

Come along and see for yourself in all its stainless steel glory an original Delorean motorcar, which was manufactured in Belfast and made famous by Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown !!

This iconic motor car was originally manufactured by the Delorean Motor Company in Northern Ireland in the early-1980s. The company announced that production would resume this year in the United States, but the particular motorcar that will be on display was produced in Dunmurry, Belfast in 1982.

Take a photo, learn about the science of the movie and pick up some#scienceweek merchandise

Anyone For Science Shows

Date & Time :  Friday November 17th

Location : St Peter’s NS, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event : Anyone For Science Shows

A series of workshops with Ireland’s award-winning Anyone 4 Science. Exploring topics such as electricty, forces, energy, light and magnets, this is a fun hands on experience of science for all participants. This event is now fully booked.

The Reptile Zoo

Date & Time:  Thursday November 16th, 9am to 3pm

Location: St Brendan’s Monastery School, Birr, Co. Offaly.

Event: The Reptile Zoo

A unique opportunity to get up close and personal with animals that would normally only be seen on TV. Safe handling and small groups

A unique opportunity to get up close and personal with animals that would normally only be seen on TV. Safe handling and small groups makes sure that children have the chance to learn close up about snakes, tarantulas and tortoises, among many other species. This event is now fully booked.

Exploration Dome

Date & Time : Monday 13th November, 9am to 3pm

Location : Scoil na gCeithre Maistri, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event : Exploration Dome

Exploring the night’s sky and some underwater worlds too in Ireland’s largest mobile planetarium. This event is now fully booked.