Chocolate Dreams..

chocolate image 1We are hugely excited about visiting a wonderful local business, ‘Kilbeggan Handmade Chocolate’  tomorrow when our favourite pharmacologist and toxicologist Dr Craig Slattery will come to the Midlands to talk about what we consider two very important things; coffee and chocolate’s an article he penned for the Journal to give you a taster..

Fun all the way today!!

Today we welcomed Declan Holmes and his science show to a lucky school in Laois this year! The show is a fun and engaging way for children to learn about science in ways they can easily related to. It began with heating and friction, seeing the colour of materials change with heat. Students found out how planes fly with hovering sweets and balloon helicopters. Then came exploring rockets and air cannons. Who could ask for more when it comes to blending education and learning with fun and excitement?!

Pupils got to learn about a range of sea creatures with underwater experts Marine Dimensions while the Science Circus also rolled into town to provide some science entertainment for a group of pupils in Athlone where power drills, basketballs and smelly socks were just some of the bizarre props that were used to entertain pupils whilst also teaching them about science in an engaging way.

The Exploration Dome made its way to Coolderry today and provided a fantastic interactive astronomy journey right on their own doorstep! The mobile planetarium dome is 6 metres in diameter and can sit up to 45 children. The shows began with an introduction to Astronomy followed by a full dome film with various different subjects such as earth science, Maths and Astronomy. It can be difficult for young children to take in lots of information around these types of subjects but the Exploration Dome makes it fun and keeps children engaged.

Thursday really has been a day of sheer entertainment at this year’s Midlands Science Festival and its not over yet! We are licking our lips as tomorrow we are having chocolate-Yum!!

Rounding up some Junior Einsteins and Words of Wisdom on Science Careers

scoil mhuire je 3Wednesday’s agenda was action packed again with a whole range of different science activities and events on offer across the region. We kicked off the day by welcoming back our friends from the Junior Einstein Science Club to Scoil Mhuire in Tullamore (photo)before heading to Athlone where a lucky group of students got to visit the fire station and learn all about the science of firefighting and the equipment involved in making it all happen.

We then enjoyed some informative careers talk from Women in Technology’s Laura Tobin and also from NUI, Maynooth’s Biology expert, Dr. Sean Doyle who visited Athlone Community College today.

It was down to Tubberclair next where Sustainable Energy Ireland delivered more workshops, this time for primary level and we also enjoyed some more solar weather fun today with TCD. The pupils of Killeagh NS enjoyed some fun and exciting activities provided by the Geological Survey of Ireland! We finished off the day in Longford where we held a public event all around ‘The science of heart health’ in association with Abbott Ireland and the Irish Heart Foundation.

Dr.Eddie Provides Valuable Advice to Packed Audiences

We were delighted to have Dr.Eddie Murphy in Tullamore for the day yesterday where he gave four talks over the course of the day and provided people of all ages with tools and tips on how to reduce stress and anxiety and therefore lead happier, healthier and more productive lives.

Thanks to all who came to the Tullamore Harriers on such  aeddie and kim cold, wet night. It isn’t possible for us to run successful public events without you!

27 Science Week Puns

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Climate Change, Sunspotting, Energy and More!

SHS EddieAnother great day today across the region with Midlands Science Festival. We hosted more Reptile Zoo visits, this time in Tullamore in St.Joseph’s National School where excited groups of children got to pet a snake and watch a scorpion in action!

Next up, we welcomed Professor Conor Boyle to Clara where he delivered a careers talk to secondary students at Clara Bog Visitor Centre on Climate Change. We delivered a similar science careers story in Longford with Dr. Trevor Woods of TCD and in Athlone with Sinead Miggin of NUI, Maynooth.

Students at Cnoic Mhuire Secondary School in Granard enjoyed an informative workshop with the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland and Dr. Eddie Murphy of RTE’s Operation Transformation visited schools in Tullamore (photo) and he will also address the  public tonight at Tullamore Harriers club and on the science of mental fitness.

TCD Sunspotter workshops took place in Ferbane and we welcomed a representative from UCD’s Food for Health team to Birr to speak to students about sports performance and nutrition.

We are looking forward to lots more fun celebrating science over the next few days in the Midlands…Still some places left for some of our  free public events…check our Events section now for more details.


From Rycycling to Reptiles!

Tullamore Library Rediscovery Centre 1Today we had Rediscovery Centre workshops in the Tullamore Library which was a really fun and educational event for three Offaly schools. We also had Lorraine Bull from the Irish Wildlife Trust providing workshops in Clara Bog Visitor centre, teaching children about all kinds of things nature and wildlife. Career talks took place with the Amber Centre of TCD in Longford and children in Athlone had the chance to watch a tortoise in action as the Reptile Zoo Village visited for the day. We spent the rest of the day doing radio and promotional work so it is all go!

Today’s schedule has been jam-packed and the Midlands Science Festival 2015 is still young! Don’t miss out on places still available at some of our public events, check out the events page now!

Big Firms Encouraging Science and Tech Careers

As Science Week gets underway we were delighted to see more of the larger companies and key industry representatives doing more to highlight the fact that science and technology subjects could lead to exciting and challenging careers. Full article below.

I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here.. is back for this year’s Science Week!

‘I’m a Scientist, Get me out of here’ – a free X Factor-style online competition between scientists (where the students are the judges!) will run from the 9th to 20th of November, with 20 scientists competing for votes with fast-paced online chats and questions on everything from making drugs, to nanoparticles and even what’s in your pizza!

The competition is funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the Royal Society of Chemistry. It will feature a number of science ‘zones’ covering topics such as drug synthesis, food science, nanoscience and Nitrogen.

Students will challenge the scientists with all kinds of questions and then vote for their favourite scientist to win a prize of €500 to help them to communicate their work with the public. Keep up-to-date with the latest news on Twitter @imascientist, and follow the hashtag, #IASIE.


What a fun way to kick off!

Jackie gorman of midlands science festival with simon watt of channel 4

Our own Jackie Gorman, Midlands Science Festival Director is pictured here with members of the excited audience who went along to see Dr. Death (Simon Watt) in action in Athlone this weekend. More fun to come all week, this is just the beginning!