Midlands Science is a not-for-profit 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]. It is a registered with the Charity Regulator of Ireland – RCN 20204089.
It is funded by a mixture of public, private and philanthropic funding. Our objective is to grow the level of engagement that our community has with science, this includes students, teachers, parents and members of the general public. Our work is informed by the concept of Science Capital, which shows that the variety and quality of interactions a person has with science in their life informs their life long relationship with science in terms of further education and career choice. This means we are also conscious that some groups of people find it more difficult to engage with science and we address this through how our work is delivered in the midlands region. We reach over 16,000 people directly per annum and our work has been independently and positively evaluated and found to be impactful, creative and innovative.