Kites and Chocolate at the National Ploughing Championships

Photography : Jeff Harvey

 

The Midlands Science Festival team is pleased to be participating at the 2016 National Ploughing Championships today in association with Offaly Local Enterprise Office in Offaly County Council.  Some familiar science festival faces will appear in the Offaly tent where families and individuals can come along and hear some fun and engaging talks such as insight in the science of chocolate with an opportunity to sample some delicious local produce from Ballyshiel Chocolate and hear more about the upcoming science festival itself.
Midlands Science Festival Director Jackie Gorman said,
‘I am very grateful to Offaly Local Enterprise office for giving us this opportunity to meet as many members of the public as possible at this year’s National Ploughing Championships where we will showcase a taste of what we do during Science Week right across the region. In planning the annual festival, we are very conscious of the need to deliver a variety of content which makes science and technology more fun and accessible. We are delighted to be providing a series of kite design workshops at the Ploughing Championships with our partners from ‘Go Fly Your Kite’ whose ethos with children is fun through learning and building confidence and artistic skills.  We are delighted that they will be also be working with us throughout this year’s Midlands Science Festival in November. Come along and learn to make a kite, taste some chocolate and find out how much fun science can be.’
The Midlands Science Festival team encourages as many people as possible to come and chat to them at the National Ploughing Championships for some free family fun and to find out what will be on the various towns and schools during Science Week itself.
Jackie Gorman continued,
 “It is very important that we interact directly with our audiences at important events like the Ploughing Championships in advance of the Midlands Science Festival. It gives us that valuable opportunity to answer questions people might have about the types of activities we run but it also gives the public a chance to have a voice in what they would like to see during a science festival and we are more than happy to take on suggestions and inputs that might make the festival even more fresh and innovative than in previous years. Partnering with local food producers like Ballyshiel Chocolate and being visible within the community is of vital importance to us.’