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

Please bear with us!

A whole range of exciting science of events are currently uploading to our website over the coming days. Some events across the region are already booked out with waiting lists, more will be coming online. We look forward to seeing you during #scienceweek.

Don’t forget though we do free school workshops all year around so contact us for an expression of interest form and we’ll come to you!

Looking ahead to Science Week in Laois..

As the upcoming Midlands Science Festival and national Science Week grow closer, we are gearing up to provide an array of incredible events and science fun the Midlands.
The festival which begins on November 9th, celebrates science in the region with hands-on workshops and interactive demonstrations for people of all ages.

Jackie Gorman, Direc tor of the Midlands Science Festival said,

‘Every year we want the festival to ignite curiosity and let people discover that science and technology can offer amazing opportunities, often in ways that they may not realise. This year’s calendar of activity is bigger and better than ever. We are delighted to announce some of the key events which will take place in Laois this year including Waterways Ireland and Dr Mindflip workshops, science fun with the Rediscovery Centre, exploring the archaeology of the Vikings with the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin zoo workshops, exciting science journey with Marty Jopson, the BBC One Show’s resident scientist and lots more.’

Pho to: Pupils from Portloaise attending an event hosted by Midlands Science with partner, Integra LifeSciences last year during Science Week.

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 doc torate 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!

A Taste of Science Week…

This year’s exciting programme, which will be our 7th Midlands Science Festival, includes a packed variety of engaging shows, exhibitions and hands-on fun demonstrations in classrooms and theatres alike!

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and a number of corporate and academic partners, here is some detail of the events we are planning for Science Week 2019; A family open day, Travels in Chernobyl, the Science of Harry Potter, Cancer Causes and Cures Myth Busting, National Museum of Ireland outreach events and much more. Popular activities such as science knitting patterns for local knitters and a Science Festival Book Club for adult and younger readers are back again this year. Exploring everything from invisible ink to Darth Vader’s voice, the Midlands Science Festival is a unique opportunity to explore science through a diverse programme of interactive events, workshops and shows.

This year’s festival also includes a strong focus on climate change issues and sustainability and a specially curated ASD appropriate event.

Jackie Gorman, Direc tor of the Midlands Science Festival said, ‘The festival will allow people of all ages to discover something new, participate in a large number of hands-on science and technology activities and see a whole host of live performances by science enthusiasts, experts and communica tors. We hope to bring together a large number of interested participants including researchers and science communica tors, science students and younger children together with their families and the general public from all over the Midlands.’

Picking up The Naugh ton Foundation Award

We were delighted to recently receive an award from The Naugh ton Foundation at Trinity College Dublin. This award was presented to Midlands Science by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe, TD. Dr Craig Slattery, Chairperson of Midlands Science commented “support from The Naugh ton Foundation will assist Midlands Science in the delivery of a number of STEM outreach activities in the midlands and we look forward to working with them. We are most grateful to them for their strong interest in STEM education and skills in the region.”

The Naugh ton Foundation was established by Martin and Carmel Naugh ton in 1994. It is a private family foundation and its goal is to support worthwhile causes in the arts and education. Midlands Science undertakes a range of outreach activities throughout the year in the midlands promoting science, technology, engineering and maths through school workshops, public events and a regional science festival. It is supported by Science Foundation Ireland, The Ireland Funds, The Social Innovation Fund of Ireland and a range of project partners. It is managed by a voluntary board of trustees which includes representatives from industry, education and research.

#science #believeinscience #stem #skills #education #philanthrophy

FREE SPACE WEEK EVENT

Our friends at Clara Bog Visi tor Centre are hosting an event on Tuesday, 8 Oc tober at 8 pm. Michelle McKeon Bennett, a scientist with a particular interest in space and a Clara native will give a presentation on the applications of Clara Bog plants for living in space. Michelle has worked with NASA in the Kennedy Space Centre, USA, investigating the application of Sphagnum Moss for living in space. This event is taking place during Space Week which runs from 4 – 10 Oc tober.
A visit to Clara Bog Nature Reserve and Visi tor Centre is also an opportunity to learn more about bogs and the important role they can play in combating climate change.
#stem #believeinscience

Upcoming Pho tography event for Laois

We are pleased to invite members of the public to come along explore the his tory of pho tography with renowned pho tographer Veronica Nicholson during Heritage Week 2019. Veronica is a pho tographic artist and educa tor, with a Masters’ degree in Digital Art who lives in the Midlands.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said,

‘Join us for Heritage Week with a science twist in on August 21st in Laois. Pho tography is both an art and a science and can provide us with an insight in to past times. It continues to this day to be a great hobby for people, with amazing technological advances in pho tography. Veronica Nicholson will explore how pho tography began and how it has developed over time, both as a process and as a past-time. We are encouraging those attending to bring along old pho tographs and cameras on the day so that together, we can explore the his tory of pho tography and how it relates to our everyday lives.’

This unique event entitled, ‘Light Tales, Pho tography His tory’ will take place from 4-5pm in the Portlaoise Library, Lyster Square, Portlaoise on August 21st.

Admission is free and the event in suitable for children under 12 and people of all ages. For further information and booking please contact Jackie Gorman on 0579323902 or at jgorman@midlandsscience.ie