Midlands Science is currently taking expresssions of interest from schools in the midlands, both primary and secondary for its free school outreach programme. The programme runs all year around and explores everything from astronomy to zoology with a group of dedicated outreach professionals from the science outreach community in Ireland. The programme has been running for a number of years now and is extremely popular and is free to schools in the region. All schools have to do to be considered for a free workshop is to the complete the Google form on the Midlands Science website and a member of the team will follow up with you directly. The outreach is limited and schools must complete the application form to be considered. For primary schools, activities exploring everything from the engineering of marble runs to the science of chocolate are popular. Whilst activities for secondary schools are more focussed on college and career choices and are delivered with a group of STEM role models from a variety of backgrounds. These provide a vital real world link between education and employment in the region.
Children are naturally interested in exploring and experimenting with the world around them right from the start, even as babies. We are all natural born scientists as we find our way in the world – walking, talking, tasting things, these are all experiments driven by curiosity. Research suggests that by the age of 10, most children have developed either a positive or negative attitude towards science that will remain with them. So it’s really important that we engage with people of all ages, but particularly in primary school during this key developmental phase. By doing so, we can help form a positive attitude towards science, that will benefit children and stay with them into the future. It’s not just about science itself. Science education activities provide children with opportunities to develop and practice many different skills. This includes skills us such as communication, collaboration, working together and diligence. Science also promotes problem solving and helps to expand our vocabulary and can be linked to other learning that happens in school such as literacy, numeracy and creative activities.
Exploring science at any age is interesting and exciting but exploring it at a young age can be a vital support to helping young people make informed choices about education and life skills. Schools who are interested in the Midlands Science Outreach Programme 2022, are strongly encouraged to apply by December 10th.