Midlands Science Present Virtual Discovery Day with Integra

 

The Midlands Science Festival, which begins on November 6th with a virtual Discovery Day, celebrates the world of science with imaginative programming that is bursting with lively interviews and career talks, film productions, hands-on workshops and interactive demonstrations for people of all ages.

John O’Donovan, Plant Manager, Integra LifeSciences Tullamore commented,

“Encouraging more young people to enjoy and pursue science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education is very close to our hearts at Integra LifeSciences. We are proud to be working with Midlands Science this year once again for their annual Discovery Day to help spread messages about the importance of STEM. The events that Midlands Science run all year round encourage pupils to think like scientists and make the science subjects more meaningful and accessible. The Midlands Science Festival plays a key role in starting conversations about the role of STEM in society and the hope is that this inspires our local students to explore careers in these areas.”

Each year, Science Week offers workshops and events which span a diverse range of subjects that encompass science in the broadest sense, promising something for everyone.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said,

‘As an organisation, we took the decision to keep our festival on a virtual platform once more for 2021 because while some of our audiences may be ready to revert to hosting events in-person, others are not. Our Festival aims to connect people with scientists, engineers, and technologists and we managed to successfully do that online last year with plenty of engaging activities for adults and young people to enjoy. This year will follow a similar pattern beginning with our Discovery Day, which is kindly supported by local medical device company, Integra Lifesciences. This will be aired on November 6th and will feature a range of fun and exciting activities such as the Reptile Zoo, Exploration Dome and Superhero Science. This event is free of charge but must be pre-booked via our website.’

Dinosaur Fun with Dale!

We had so much fun this weekend with Dale Treadwell from Naturally Wild and (the children loved it too!) 🙂

Dale participated in our fantastic Discovery Day which took place this weekend as part of the annual Midlands Science Festival and Science Week. The children loved Dale’s Dinosaur show and they were particularly excited and surprised to see a giant dinosaur entering the Sacred Heart School dining hall in Tullamore!

Dale said,

‘I’m an Australian with a background in Rainforest ecology but I’ve been living in Ireland now for 18 years, I build school gardens, plant native Irish Trees, write Children’s books and have been on Telly with Dustin the Turkey and Albie the Why Guy..For this Science Festival this year I thought I would do something different and bring you my own backgarden from Australia but with a twist.. it’s old really old from about 100 million years ago!!!’

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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