Midlands Science Diaspora
We are developing a database of STEM diaspora for possible FDI opportunities, education links, public engagement and policy development. This is consistent with national policy to persuade the Irish scientific diaspora to support outstanding and innovative research capability on the island of Ireland, through advice, collaborations and partnerships.
SWIM(Science with Inspirational Mentors)
The purpose of the SWIM project is to create more interest in STEM subjects and careers in the Midlands region, with a particular reference to the life sciences sector, which has a strong presence here and potential for growth.
The project places a strong emphasis on role models from those in the education and industry sectors and also from other champions for Life Sciences education.
This is currently being delivered in partnership with the RCSI and Cpl Resources.
JUMP Math (Junior Undiscovered Math Prodigies), is a Canadian organization and a registered charity which champions innovative methods to stimulate enthusiasm and improve educational attainment in Mathematics. The Maths philosophy is founded on a belief that all children have the capability to perform well in Maths and its methods aim to remove common myths and psychological barriers to effective learning in this essential subject.
The delivery of the programme to the Midlands is a collaborative initiative between Midlands Science and Ericsson, who have worked jointly with the founder, John Mighton, to promote this fresh approach and the results are already encouraging.
Another of our highly important STEM initiatives is the Atlantic Conference, which has been running since 2008 in the Midlands. Keynote addresses have been delivered by Carol Lynne Parente, Lord Robert Winston, Executive Producer of Sesame Street and Dr Ben Goldacre, author of the Guardian newspaper’s weekly column called Bad Science.
This event gives industry professionals such as teachers, lecturers and anyone connected to the education sector the opportunity to examine the quality in the way in which certain subjects are taught. The conference also runs a student workshop in parallel with its main sessions and these workshops have focused on the views of students on education and have included students working on their education views with Ericsson, Facebook and the Science Gallery.