Something for Everyone this Science Week!

In addition to the many events being run in schools on a digital platform for this year’s Science Week which is run nationally by Science Foundation Ireland, we are also providing a vast number of online activities and experiences for the public to book and view virtually either in school or at home here in the Midlands region.

‘Sea and Sky’ is a virtual event which will see Simon Berrow of Irish Whale & Dolphin Group & Brian McCafferty of Birdwatch Ireland discussing biodiversity in Ireland, the science of conservation and what we can all learn from the world around it and how to care for it. You can also join flooding expert Dr Rolf Hut of Delft University of Technology to discuss the his tory and science of flooding and what we can do to manage flooding in a responsible way. This discussion, High Water – the Science of Flooding, is part of a series of events for Science Week with guest festival cura tor Dr Barry Fitzgerald of TU Eindhoven.

Don’t forget we also have our Science Week Book Club running this year as part of the festival and if you want a scientist to join your book club meeting for a discussion on the issues raised, please let us know and we will try to arrange that. Keep an eye on our website and social media for associated competitions for book clubs.

Jackie Gorman, Midlands Science CEO said,

‘There will be an exciting range of new events online this year with a promise of something for all age groups but we will also bring back some of the most popular sessions from last year with the overall aim of inspiring, educating and entertaining through science! We are also focusing on workshops which will hopefully help young people around the Midlands develop an interest in STEM subjects beyond the confines of the curriculum and increase their awareness of potential careers in those areas.’

Visit the magical, scientific world of WandaVision with Superhero Scientist Barry Fitzgerald! In early 2020, the Disney+ series WandaVision arrived to much-deserved adulation. Wanda’s world is built on puzzlement and magic and there’s a lot of science to explore here. Check out www.midlandsscience.ie for more details and booking information and join us to celebrate science this November across the Midlands.

 

 

 

 

Doing things Differently!  

Oc tober and November are very busy months for us as we work with a whole host of schools, partners and providers to deliver to you a packed programme of events for Science Week. This year, the Midlands Science Festival will take place online. The team at Midlands Science have been busy over the past while upskilling in various digital platforms and educational approaches to make the online experience for all those attending as enjoyable as possible. The team would like to give a big thanks in particular to Maebh Coleman of TU Dublin who has provided much valuable input in to the design and ethos of this year’s festival. Midlands Science hope that as many people as possible will take the opportunity to celebrate science with us just like we do every other year from November 7th – 15th.

CEO of Midlands Science, Jackie Gorman said,

‘In our planning for this year, we have co-created and pre-recorded events with our various speakers, worked with our brilliant workshop providers to ensure that events for all ages can still be accessed remotely and set about really creating a science festival with a difference for 2020. We feel that the online approach could give even more people access to informative public talks and live science shows than ever before, as we are often restricted by numbers and by events taking place in particular locations.’

As more and more online educational experiences and live-streamed events continue to find their place amidst the unprecedented worldwide disruption, the Midlands Science Festival will be open to everyone and we look forward to seeing you there soon.