Sweet Fun with Quiet Science!

This morning in some yummy Quiet Science workshops we learnt that sugar in jam is a preservative.

Sugar, acid & pectin lower the pH of the preserve & bind available water, thus creating an environment in which the growth of microorganisms is halted.

Quiet Science is a project that is currently being delivered by local development company, Midlands Science which has worked over the past year to provide various workshops with ASD appropriate science outreach in response to requests and research. This project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland’s Discover Awards programme and it began with two pilot schools in Co. Offaly. It is now being rolled online across the midlands through appropriate partnerships.

 

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Bringing Science Home for Everyone

The team at Midlands Science has been working over the past ten months to continue to share our passion for science and promote the importance of science education during these challenging pandemic times. So much of our work relies on face-to-face interaction and usually we meet people in person and spread messages about science at events, in schools and our annual science, maths and engineering festivals. We have worked with our professional providers and science communication experts and we have adapted and found new ways to share our work throughout the Midlands and beyond, during the Coronavirus pandemic.

CEO of Midlands Science Jackie Gorman said,

‘Science in Your Sitting Room’ is the latest series of workshops which we are now delivering in partnership with Anyone4Science every Friday at 12:00pm. With schools closed once again and students unable to experience our events in their classrooms, we had to rethink how we reach young people and their families in the most fun and interactive way. We saw great engagement with our Facebook Live events, which were also provided by the team at Anyone 4 Science during the summer of 2020 and we were so proud of our Midlands pupils for continuing to celebrate science in these extraordinary times.’

Midlands Science is also pleased to be running eight weeks of ‘Quiet Science’ workshops for pupils who are on the ASD spectrum and these are taking place online every Saturday until March 13th These workshops are also delivered in partnership with Anyone 4 Science based on work done in 2020 with partner schools in our Quiet Science project.

‘Jackie Gorman continued,

‘At Midlands Science, we want to offer free and practical resources and support to all students, teachers and parents in navigating this new learning landscape. We are looking forward to exploring topics such as mould, bacteria, stress balls and toothpaste! We have been providing these particular online  events to schools in the Midlands region since March of 2020 and are delighted to now to be able to extend them out into the wider community.’

 

In conversation with: Avril Ryder

In conversation with: Sandi Ndebele