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 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 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

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

Go Fly A Kite – The Science of Flight

Date & Time : Friday November 17th, 9am to 2pm

Location : St Joseph’s National School, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Event : Go Fly A Kite – The Science of Flight

A series of workshops exploring the science of flight and kites and the opportunity to make some kites and fly them. A hands on experience of the science and engineering of flight.

Careers Workshop

Date & Time: Tuesday November 14th
Location: Athlone Community College, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Event: Careers Workshop

Careers workshop with Cpl and AIt exploring various study options and career choices in science, technology, engineering and maths. This event is now fully booked.