For the first time since it was founded eight years ago, the Midlands Science Festival was this year hosted online as an immersive digital event as part of national Science Week. This year’s jam-packed festival enabled schools, teachers, parents and people of all ages to get involved virtually and thousands of people had the opportunity to enjoy engaging talks, interactive workshops and presentations in a whole new and innovative format.
In a period of increasing unease, the Midlands Science team strongly believe that it is more important than ever to continue to provide activities to continue to engage our young people, build optimism and help them to explore science and how it relates to everything in our day to day lives.
Our first ever virtual festival was a great success and we were delighted through support from Science Foundation Ireland, Rethink Ireland, our wonderful event providers and a number of key partnerships to bring a large number of exciting science events to the Midlands again this year, in spite of the current pandemic.
We explored everything from marine life and climate action to the science of Star Wars, from astrology and reptiles to ice cream making and lessons in sustainability.
Science can help us understand what is happening and also provide us with the information to make different choices and pursue solutions in the future. This is now more important than ever.
We also have made available online the Dr. Mindflip Ultimate Learning Experience as a game on the indie gaming site Itch and ran a number of short videos during the week with children exploring science in Irish.
People of all ages had the opportunity to join us from their homes to have a close-up lesson about a whole variety of different topics, all with a science twist