Midlands Science collaborated with Gas Networks Ireland and the Gateway Youth Project in Athlone recently to deliver a series of engaging and interactive workshops to primary school pupils as part of the recent national ‘Engineers Week’ celebrations.
Declan Holmes of ‘Science Ireland’ has been presenting interactive science shows to over 80,000 students in 1,000 schools around the country since 2001 and his workshops in the Midlands this week featured the science behind rockets, creating waves and musical instruments followed by a discussion on the future of engineering from how we power our houses to self-driving cars.
Christina van der Kamp, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Gas Networks Ireland said,
Gas Networks Ireland is very pleased to be collaborating with Midlands Science during ‘Engineers Week’ to deliver a day of exciting and interactive workshops to over 500 pupils in Athlone. We are passionate about introducing young people to the exciting world of science and engineering from an early age and this initiative is the ideal way to do so and at the same time, it enables us to connect with the local community. We actively encourage young people to consider the whole world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) and showing them how it impacts our lives on an everyday basis is a great place to start.’
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.