Promoting Safety Online for Science Week with Google and Barnardos

Midlands Science is delighted to team up with Google and its online safety partner, Barnardos, the children’s charity, to deliver online safety workshops for students and a webinar for parents during Science Week 2021. These virtual workshops are based on current research and best practice to promote online safety for children. As young people are living in an increasingly digital world, it is so vital that they know what it safe and what is not. As they rely more and more on their screens for team interaction in school and for homework and connection, they also need to be able to identify misinformation and to know how to make the right decisions when engaging with social media content.

Ryan Meade, Public Policy & Government Relations Manager, Google Ireland said,

“Google is delighted to support the Midlands Science Festival 2021.  Barnardos, our Google.org online safety partner, will be delivering online safety workshops to schools during the festival. By supporting the Barnardos Online Safety Programme and creating a free multifaceted programme designed to teach younger children (age 7-11 year olds) about online safety, we want to help make the internet a safer place for young people in Ireland. We will also be hosting an online safety webinar for parents and we believe that open communication between children and adults and regular conversations about a child’s online use are key to helping children stay safe online. The objective of this online webinar is to leave parents feeling empowered with practical tips that will help their family stay safer and be happier on the internet.”

These workshops provide the perfect opportunity to generate the conversations that need to take place to support children in their online lives. Topics covered include: How to talk to your child about online safety, Parental controls, Helpful websites, Cyberbullying and how to help your child, How to encourage digital wellbeing, Sexting and Strategies gaming and screen time.

Jackie Gorman, Midlands Science CEO commented,

“We know that particularly over the course of the last eighteen months that an increasing number of young people are regularly online and it has become a more important part of their life than ever before. Unfortunately, this can sometimes mean that young people are seeing misleading content every day and many have regular friend requests from people that they don’t know. While the majority of young people understand that they have a responsibility to be mindful of their actions when online and many also know to report potentially harmful or misleading content, we all have a part to play in creating a better online world. Midlands Science is delighted to partner with Google and Barnardos for this year’s Midlands Science Festival to provide these workshops which will be packed full of tips on digital safety, screen time and lots more.”

 

This event is brought to you by the Barnardos Online Safety Programme as part of the Midlands Science Festival, in conjunction with Google and is part of national Science Week, supported by Science Foundation Ireland.

 

Barnardos Online Safety workshops can be booked by completing the online booking form on their website www.barnardos.ie/osp or by emailing onlinesafety@barnardos.ie.

 

 

Sugar, Spice & Everything Science Virtual Forum for the Midlands

Midlands Science is pleased to host the second event in its Science Communities Programme on September 22nd, at 10am (on zoom) and this interactive forum will focus on Food and Alcohol. This event is free of charge and open to everyone. The Science Communities project is funded by Science Foundation Ireland through the Discover Award programme and is designed to build impactful dialogue and discussion between community groups in the Midlands and those involved in science and public policy.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science commented,

‘Science generates solutions for everyday life and helps us to understand and answer the many mysteries of the world around us. Public understanding and engagement with science is so important in order to ensure people can relate it to their everyday lives and also to enable citizens to make informed personal and professional choices. We are delighted to be hosting our second Science Communities forum and we have three fantastic speakers lined up for you – Clodagh Crehan from the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) will be discussing food labelling/food advertising, Dr. Clare Reynolds from UCD will be looking at Sugar and it’s effects on the body and Anne Doyle from the Health Research Board (HRB) will be presenting the findings from a recent report published by the HRB on alcohol use in Ireland and the consequences of our alcohol consumption. Don’t forget we are also running a free LIFT facilitation training day on October 14th and this training day is available to all Science Communities participants.

Other upcoming Science Communities events will include discussions on Viruses, Vaccines and Immunity – The Science of Diseases and Medicine and Health – Who and how we can trust? The project will continue to run during the months of October and November.  If you are interested in taking part in this project please email outreach@midlandsscience.ie 

 

For registration details, please check our website on https://www.midlandsscience.ie/

Virtual Advice for College Awareness Week with the RCSI

Midlands Science is delighted to partner with Dr Helena Bonner, a Neuroscientist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, as well as an Outreach officer at the Centre for Systems Medicine, RCSI in providing informative virtual talks for a number of schools across this Midlands for College Awareness Week. Helena is also a member of the Midlands Science Expert Advisory Group and has worked with Midlands Science over the past few years to raise awareness of science as a career path and on various fields within Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM)

In normal times, Helena hosts various seminars and laboratory tours in RCSI to TY and 5th year students. She also visits various secondary schools in the Midlands throughout the school term to talk about the different careers available to STEM graduates, and the ample opportunities that are available in the different STEM sectors.  Her talks aim to inform TY, 5th and 6th year students about the various types of careers available to them, should they take a third level course ( Cert, Diploma, or degree) in a STEM related field of Study. Helena is also hosting a virtual Mini Science TY programme on February 1st for any students that would like to attend.

Helena said,
‘I am delighted to join Midlands Science and work with many other committed individuals as they continue to make great progress in promoting science as a career to people of all ages. It’s important for us to explore new ways to collectively change the face of STEM and reach out to young people to inform them on the type of research being undertaken at RCSI and to encourage them to pursue these exciting careers. I understand that it is really difficult to give the students the usual TY experience this year. We would normally hold a three day ‘in house’ programme at the RCSI but this year it will be held virtually. Given that, I know the students will still enjoy the programme and will walk away with a little more insight of what it is like to work as a scientist or researcher in the field of Biomedical Science.’

Let the Westmeath Science Fun begin!

We have lots happening across the region this week and some of the highlights include STEM career workshops in Mullingar, Harry Potter science fun, Chernobyl exploration, Google Computer Science workshops in association with Camara in Athlone and Google Applied Digital Skills workshops in Mullingar.

Mae McLynn of Athlone Library said,

‘We are really pleased to once again team up with Midlands Science to provide a number of exciting events in Westmeath Libraries during Science Week 2019. We place a lot of focus on outreach in the local community-  it is really important that we provide services and resources to people of all ages through education programmes, interactive workshops and events which make the library accessible to everyone. The Midlands Science Festival provides plenty of opportunities for this across the region. This year we are looking forward to hosting ‘Travels in Chernobyl’ on November 12th at 6.30pm in Athlone Library. This explores the accident at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant which took place on April 26th, 1986. We are also anticipating a magical  day on November 13th in Athlone Library as we introduce school children to  ‘The Science of Harry Potter There are lots of other events taking place so check out https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/midlands-science-for more details on how you can celebrate science this November.’

Inventing the Impossible in Birr!

Commenting on this year’s festival, Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD said,
‘I am delighted to see the festival activities which are taking place here across the entire region for the sixth year running as part of national Science Week. This festival brings together a number of inspiring speakers and scientists, science communicators, experts and performers all with the common objective of encouraging and inspiring more people of all ages to engage with science in our everyday lives. The team at Midlands Science is working throughout this week and indeed throughout the year to help create positive experiences with science, technology, engineering and maths and awaken curiosities about how it connects to the world around us in so many ways. It is really important to promote and develop this, especially in school-going children and as early in their education as possible.’

Google CS First Taster workshops

 

Date & Time :  Wednesday, November 15th, 9am to 4pm.

Location : Loretto College, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

Event : Google CS First Taster workshops

Google CS first taster workshops are based on real world themes and aim to engage students of varying interests – Storytelling, Fashion & Design, Sports, Animation , Art, Music & Sound, Game Design, Friends and Social Media.  With the help of their teachers , students can then further avail of the google online CS Education to develop their Computer Science skills. These workshops are now fully booked. 

Geological Survey of Ireland Workshops

Date & Time :  Wednesday, November 15th, 9am to 3pm.

Location : Cloneragh National School, Co. Laois.

Event : Geological Survey of Ireland Workshops

A series of workshops for all ages in primary school exploring the shape of the earth, simple fossils, different environments of the world and an introduction to water resources.

The Irish Science Teachers Association Senior Science Quiz Regional Round

 

Date & Time : Thursday, November 16th, 7 to 10pm

Location : Department of Nursing & Healthcare Building, East Campus, Athlone Institute of Technolgoy, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event : The Regional Round of The Irish Science Teachers Association Senior Science Quiz

This event is an ISTA members only event and the AIT contact is sreidy@ait.ie. The regional rounds of this ISTA quiz will have questions drawn from chemistry, physics, biology syllabi and general scientific knowledge.

 

 

Fermented Foods

Date & Time : Wednesday, November 15th, 3 to 5pm.

Location : HTL Building, Main Campus, Athlone Institute of Technolgoy, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event : Fermented Foods

There is now a strong interest in probiotic foods and these talks aim to show how to create probiotic foods from simpler larder ingredients and highlight the possible benefits of these foods.Booking chmccormack@ait.ie

The Ecology and Science of Rehabilitation of Bord na Mona Cutaway Peatlands

Date & Time : Tuesday November 14th, 6.30 to 7.30pm.

Location :Department of Life and Physical Sciences, Main Campus, Faculty of Science and Health, Athlone Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event : The Ecology and Science of Rehabilitation of Bord na Mona Cutaway Peatlands

Irish bogs sustain a variety of flora and fauna and are listed in the Habitats Directive. Bord na Mona have begun an extensive rehabilitation of these bogs, aiming to rebuild the habitats and enhance wildlife. This presentation will share the science behind the development of biodiversity plans and bog rehabilitation. Booking chmccormack@ait.ie