Talking STEM Careers with the Next Generation …

We are really pleased to team up with a number of expert speakers for Science Week 2019 to deliver a range of high value career talks to schools across the region. Speakers will include biomedical scientist,  lecturer and science communicator Dr. Craig Slattery who is also Chairperson of Midlands Science, Dr Helena Bonner of the Royal College of Surgeons and Midlands native and senior Intel manager, Bridget Molloy who will address senior cycle students in relation to subjects and future careers in STEM.

Bridget Molly commented,

‘I am delighted to be returning to Tullamore as part of this year’s Midlands Science Festival. It is so important to enable students to connect learning to actual real-world situations and show them how much innovation there is in science and technology fields. Midlands Science is doing extensive work to give local schools the opportunity to develop their knowledge of the world of work and the types of future jobs that might be available to them, particularly in the subject areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). The more work that can be done in this area, the more likely it is that students will consider one of these fields as a future career option. I am really happy to support this and participate in the aim of inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers and I am really looking forward to seeing what else will be taking place during this year’s festival which promises to be engaging, educational and fun.’

#believeinscience

Science of Water Workshops for Midlands Primary Schools

We are really looking forward to these workshops in association with Waterways Ireland. This will be another unique opportunity to explore how science can help us to understand the world around us. Environmental expert Paula Farrell will introduce pupils to the rich biodiversity of the water system in Ireland. They will also look at the features of a river and compare the river and canal networks in Ireland. Each group has the opportunity to meet some freshwater invertebrates and newts during hands-on activities throughout the day!

Manus Tiernan, Waterways Ireland Education Officer commented,

‘We are pleased to once again collaborate with the Midlands Science Festival team to host a series of interactive workshops to Midlands schools during Science Week 2019. The workshops will be delivered by Paula Farrell from the Irish Peatland Conservation Council and will be action packed with lots of hands on activities sure to enthral participants! Events like these introduce science and the world around us in an informative but also fun and interesting way. During our workshops, students will have the opportunity to learn and discuss the journey rivers take from source to sea and compare this with the man-made structure of the Grand Canal. As these two features within the Irish landscape pass through our towns and villages the workshops will turn its focus on the variety of wildlife that call these waterbodies their home. The young people taking part will get an opportunity to experience life from beneath the water surface with a live freshwater invertebrate identification session. Waterways Ireland strives to be actively engaged in the communities where we operate so we are delighted to be teaming up with the science festival again help to promote the importance of science education to our local young people.’

 

#believeinscience @waterwaysirelan

Photo: Looking back on a Science Week Waterways Ireland workshop in 2016

Myth Busting Cancer event in Tullamore

Local development company, Midlands Science are delighted to announce a public event which will take place during this year’s annual Midlands Science Festival. At this free event, Dr Robert O’Connor, Head of Research with the Irish Cancer Society and Dr Craig Slattery, Asst Professor of Toxicology & Regulatory Affairs at UCD will explore how citizens and patients can become more fully informed about cancer causes and cures, whilst also debunking some persistent myths around cancer causes and treatments. Questions and discussion with the audience will be a big part of the event which will take place in Offaly County Library, Tullamore on November 15th at 4:00pm.

Dr. Craig Slattery, Chairperson of Midlands Science said,

‘There are many persistent myths and half-truths around cancer causes, or about possible cures that might be available. These ideas are often presented attractively and can spread through social media and other media channels. But false information about cancer can lead to unnecessary anxiety among the public, and can interfere with patients making truly informed decisions about their cancer treatment. By highlighting some of these issues, the general public can be empowered to make better choices around their own health and treatment options. We are delighted to deliver this event in conjunction with the Irish Cancer Society, and invite members of the public, young and old, to come along for what’s sure to be an interesting and informative afternoon.’

The Midlands Science Festival brings science, technology, engineering, and maths to an audience of all ages every year through demonstrations, talks, performances and debates. Events promoting science are central to ensuring that critical thinking is encouraged and this is essential in a developing a society where science sits firmly and securely promoting the wellness of its citizens. A key goal of the festival’s events team is to provide useful and informative discussion during a week that is also jam packed with fun, engaging workshops and performances for the younger folk.

Dr. Robert O’ Connor, Irish Cancer society commented,

‘We are pleased to work in collaboration with as many national and regional organisations as possible in order to help educate and inform the public and bust some popular myths around cancer. We also want to expand our outreach into communities and inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science. Schools, parents and corporate leaders must work together to find innovative ways to ignite curiosity and nourish a passion for STEM in young people. We are delighted to team up with Midlands Science and UCD for this event which is part of an overall festival which encourages people of all ages to learn more about science and the research that we so critically need for the future of our society.’

Watch this space!

Our current expression of interest call for free school workshops is now closed. We will be contacting all those schools who submitted in November to schedule and watch this space for our next expression of interest call. Thanks to all who responded – there’s overwhelming interest in the Midlands in having #stem workshops in primary and secondary school settings.

Science – we come to you ! #science #believeinscience

Exploring Science Capital..

We were delighted to visit the TY pupils of Mountmellick Community School this morning to explore everything science capital just before they received their Junior Cert results!
We want to wish all students the very best of luck today! We look forward to lots more science capital talks in the weeks and months ahead across the region. #believeinscience

What people say!

We love hearing the feedback and comments after your school or community has enjoyed one of our many science activities, talks and shows. It helps us to make improvements where necessary and we really do listen and try to tailor our events and reach as many people as we possibly can so all feedback is taken on board. If you have any comments, do get in touch.

Here is a flavour of some of the things people have told us recently..

I love that science is like a never-ending puzzle that you can continue to solve, it is a constant state of discovery and it gets more and more exciting over time.

After secondary school I would love to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in NUIG and then get a doctorate in a field of science.

I found the event today very useful as it made me justify my decision in pursuing a career in science and I got the chance to meet new people who have the same mind set as I do towards science.

You can encourage young people by giving them the opportunities to experience events like this and to nail home the fact that no matter what area of science you like that there is always a career possibility to be gotten from it.

After college I would like to either a science teacher or a forensic pathologist but after the talk today I would also be interested in being a medical detective.

Delving in to Science Capital …

Great morning exploring #sciencecapital with students at St Brendan’s Community School in #birr and CBS #Mullingar – lots of questions about everything from poisons to animal testing alternatives. #believeinscience

Science outreach – We will come to you!

2019 has been an extremely busy year so far for the Midlands Science team with lots more exciting science events, workshops and inspiring STEM career talks on the way in the next couple of months. Our goal is to reach more and more people of all ages year on year in order to ensure that the message is spreading about the important role science plays in so many aspects of our everyday lives.

Our timetable is now completely is full until the end of the year but we are are now scheduling outreach to primary & secondary schools from January to June 2020.

Our Outreach team can bring a range of dynamic shows and workshops to your school or community venue. Feel free to get in touch by emailing jgorman@midlandsscience.ie to receive an expression of interest form & more details. We look forward to working with you soon!

SCIENCE FUN FOR ST.ETCHENS WITH IRISH MANUFACTURING RESEARCH

As part of the Midlands Science festival 2018, pupils from St Etchens National school in Kinnegad visited local company, Irish Manufacturing Research, for a day of challenges and games with the objective of exciting them about the world of science and technology. Pupils had the opportunity to get hands on experience of activities such as Virtual Reality, Cobotics, 3D printing, Analytics and Electronics.
Jackie Gorman said,
For our festival in 2018 we have partnered with a number of extremely supportive organisations including Irish Manufacturing Research to create opportunities which aim to encourage students to explore science. We are most grateful for the support and enthusiasm our partners and sponsors provide to enable us to spread the science message and without their help our festival would not be possible.’
This was one of over 120 events which took place throughout the region during national Science Week which was a huge success. Midlands Science work to build public awareness of the importance of science in everyday life, provide schools with opportunities for direct interaction with real scientists and talented speakers and encourage younger audiences to partake in real science activities so that they can get a taste for how diverse it actually is.
 
Louise Kelly, Marketing Coordinator at IMR said,
Irish Manufacturing Research was delighted to join forces with local development company Midlands Science for Science Week 2018 in celebrating the world of science and technology here in the Midlands. It is very important for IMR as a company to provide the local student population with inspiring experiences of science and to do so as early as possible in their education in order to try to ignite that spark or love for science. We hope that by providing some workshops in a fun and interactive way, that we will encourage young people to become curious and want to learn and do more in a science environment. We are passionate about our role of encouraging the workforce of the future and events like the Midlands Science Festival which introduce science in an informative yet engaging way can have a really positive influence on students’ perceptions of the world and how important science is in so many ways.’

Book signing in Tullamore

Sunday Times best-selling author Dr Steve Brusatte came to Tullamore during the Midlands Science festival to talk to locals about his life in dinosaur discoveries. He is one of the world’s leading scientists of a new generation of dinosaur hunters armed with cutting edge technology and he is piecing together the complete story of how the dinosaurs ruled the earth for 150 million years.Steve’s amazing work and discoveries have featured on BBC, CNN and National Geographic and he is the author of the Sunday Times Best Seller “The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs.”