DISCOVER SCIENCE WITH ABBOTT!

The countdown is on for this year’s Midlands Science Festival which takes place across the counties of Longford, Laois, Offaly and Westmeath from November 12th- 19th as part of national Science Week. The festival will highlight how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) is fundamental to everyday life, and demonstrate STEM’s importance to the future development of our society and economy.

The festival team is delighted to announce an exciting, free-of-charge event which will take place on Saturday, November 11th in St. Mel’s secondary school in Longford from 10:00am until 2:00pm. The event will be run in partnership with Abbott, one of Ireland’s leading healthcare companies, and will offer the public a unique opportunity for students ages 12-14 and their parents or guardians to experience a whole range of science and technology activities including Dinosaur Science, Curious Chemistry, The Reptile Zoo, The Science of Energy Drinks, Drone and Robot Coding and high value career advice during this innovative ‘Discovery Day.’

Jackie Gorman, Director of the Midlands Science Festival said,

‘The Midlands Science Festival is all about taking the traditional notion of science out of the lab and into places like libraries, sports clubs and classrooms, giving people a variety of diverse ways to explore the world around them and to learn something new and beneficial. The overall week-long event is an opportunity to delve into science through a programme of interactive workshops, informative seminars and shows developed by ourselves in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland and thanks to the generosity of partners such as Abbott, we are now heading into our fifth year and our 2017 festival promises to be even bigger and better.’

Science Week is a free, family-friendly programme of events which allows people of all ages to discover something new, participate in a large number of hands-on science and technology activities and see a whole host of live discussions with science enthusiasts and communicators, corporate partners, business and science experts.

Plant Manager of Abbott’s diagnostics facility in Longford, Ciaran Corcoran said,

‘At Abbott, we’re all about helping you live the best life you can through good health. Learning events like the Midlands Science Festival promote the importance of science and technology skills amongst the next generation. By advancing science and technology, we’re shaping new methods of care and improving treatment standards around the world. We want to help students discover a love of science, technology, engineering and math, and make them aware of the many STEM career opportunities that exist. This free event also will provide parents with a unique opportunity to learn about STEM as well, through an assortment of family science experiments and demonstrations, as well as specialist career talks that offer insights into the diversity of roles and career options.’

Places are limited so please remember to book. See www.midlandsscience.ie for details.

Please contact Jackie Gorman for further information 0579323902

Photo: Reptile Zoo tortoise who will visit St. Mel’s in Longford for the day