Exploring Engineering With Midlands Science

Engineers Week took place all over Ireland last week and it included a number of activities in the midlands with Midlands Science.

One of the week’s highlights was an Exploring Engineering Day which took place  in the Athlone Education Centre in partnership with the Medtronic Foundation. This day brought together a number of student groups from secondary schools and primary schools from across the midlands, where they learnt about what it is like to work as an engineer and undertook a number of hands on engineering activities with local Medtronic employee volunteers. They also enjoyed the engineering movie “Dream Big”, narrated by the aptly named Jeff Bridges !

The Medtronic Foundation partners to improve lives for underserved and underrepresented populations worldwide, and support communities where Medtronic employees live and give. They partner with leading equity-focused STEM organizations to address the root cause of persistent inequities by creating opportunity for economic advancement and improving lives through STEM education.  The Medtronic Foundation brings Medtronic employee volunteers, nonprofits, and communities together to remove barriers to achieving health, wellbeing and prosperity.  

“Our partnership with Midlands Science is about more than education—it’s about creating pathways for future STEM leaders, especially for students who wouldn’t typically have the opportunity,” said Heidi Jedlicka Halvarson, senior program manager, Medtronic Foundation. 

Jackie Gorman of Midlands Science commented “we are very pleased again this year through support from the Medtronic Foundation to run this event during Engineers Week, groups of students at primary and secondary level  were afforded the opportunity to explore the creative world of engineering and the limitless opportunities a career in the sector can offer. They also got to meet with local Medtronic employee volunteers and through hands on activities, they could see that engineers are very creative problem solvers.  The more we can encourage people to see the problem-solving and creativity at the heart of engineering, the more impact we can have in creating the amazing engineers of the future.”

Engineering is involved in so many everyday things and Midlands Science has encouraged teaches and parents to find creative ways to explore engineering – everything from building marble runs with cereal boxes and marbles to building a tower with matchsticks and marshmallows can be a great way to start working with very young budding engineers. It doesn’t have to be very complicated to start with and it’s always lots of fun. There are lots of online resources to help with activities including on Midlands Science’s social media channels. More information on www.midlandsscience.ie