Bringing science to your classroom…

There was great excitement in Clonaslee, Co. Laois earlier this week when Declan Holmes of Science Ireland visited the pupils in the local national school for a full day of science fun, experiments and discovery. These interactive workshops are an ideal way to demonstrate to young children the diversity of science in an interactive and easy to understand way.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science commented

‘Science helps children to answer some really tough questions but delivering exciting workshops like this to schools enables us to make this happens in much more entertaining ways. It is so important for us to try to inspire the youngest of minds and to allow them to see science as something fun and interesting and not something that is too difficult or complicated. We were delighted to kick start our school outreach for 2020 this week and we are now fully booked for the remainder of the year which shows that the appetite for science in schools has really increased in recent times.’

More science education outreach is taking place in Midlands schools in the coming weeks..next stop Westmeath!

Monday Mayhem! From Physics to Fossills!

Today we are all over the Midlands with Science Week events… it’s time for volcanos, vuvuzelas, physics and ecology, Dr Mindflip’s Ultimate Learning Experience and Rediscovery Centre workshops. We are also pleased to welcome the Geological Survey of Ireland (GSI) back  for a series of workshops in St Joseph’s NS in Tullamore this year. GSI realises that our future lies in the hands of today’s young students so GSI engage in activities which are really relevant to today’s school goers, which may encourage children to consider a career in science or more specifically geoscience. Here is Siobhan in action today explaining and demonstrating in Offaly!

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Thank You!

Collaboration with our valued partners is at the heart of everything we do.

We would like to express our thanks once again to our sponsor Integra LifeSciences for their wonderful support of local science at this weekend’s Discovery Day and also a sincere word of thanks to Pauline McKenna of the Sacred Heart School in Tullamore for the use of the school’s fantastic facilities. It was an enormous help and we couldn’t have done it without you and all of the people who helped out to make the Discovery day a great success.

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Exploring the Night Sky in Offaly

It was so much fun to see all of the faces as they entered and left the Exploration Dome at our recent Science Week Discovery Day. The Exploration Dome is Ireland’s most advanced digital mobile planetarium and Martin is always at hand to explain everything in detail and answer any questions people might have.

The Exploration Dome uses state of the art 360 degrees 3-D digital projection technology, stunning graphics and computer simulations to explain a wide variety of science subjects such as astronomy and there’s also an under the sea experience. This immersive and exciting experience is suitable for all age groups and each session lasts 30 minutes. We have had some fantastic feedback from adults and children alike so it was wonderful to see this event back in the midlands for this year’s festival.

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Discovering Science in Tullamore and beyond..

Thanks to the wonderful people of #tullamore – all 600 of you who came along and explored the International Space Station, handled tarantulas, made ice cream and made friends with dinosaurs. You were all truly amazing and we had such good fun and we can’t wait to do it all over again in 2020 !!

Huge thanks to Integra Lifesciences for encouraging such great interest in #stem for all ages through hands-on fun experiences.

The Discovery Day we held today is a wonderful opportunity for small science enthusiasts and their families to see what’s new and innovative in the world of science and technology. It is also the perfect chance for someone who is just tipping their toe into science for the first time to participate in  activities and live performances by science explorers, communicators and experts whose mission it is to educate, entertain, inform and inspire. We would also like to thank the staff of the Sacred Heart School for the use of their school facilities and for all their support and help in managing the delivery of this wonderful event to local people.

Jackie Gorman, Director of the Midlands Science Festival said,

‘Our Discovery Day really was a huge success today. We are delighted through support from Science Foundation Ireland and a number of key partnerships to be bringing a number of exciting science events to the Midlands again this year. We will be exploring everything from climate change to the science of Harry Potter, from bog bodies to quantum physics. Science Week is the essence of diversity. Science can help us understand what is happening and also provide us with the information to make different choices and pursue solutions in the future. We are delighted to again be working with partners such as the local heritage offices, local partnership companies and libraries.’

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