With over 100 events ranging from hands-on, messy experiments and workshops to talks on natural resources and science careers, there really was something for everyone during this year’s Midlands Science Festival as part of Science Week.
Events, which took place across Offaly, ranged from a mobile planetarium which visited the St. Mary’s Youth Centre, snakes and tortoises from the Reptile Zoo Village who came to Daingean National school this year, kite flying workshops in Killeigh, schools visits from the RNLI, geology workshops from the Geological Survey of Ireland, high level career advice from academia in Ferbane, Birr and Tullamore and lots more.
The organisers of the Midlands Science Festival wish to thank all speakers, workshop providers, and schools without whom this week long celebration of science would not be possible.
Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said, "We have been overwhelmed by the level of enthusiasm and goodwill from our partners, local media, venues and many other organisations and individuals from the Midlands and further afield. The large turnout of people in attendance at all of the events shows the appetite for this type of regional event and after another successful year, we can hopefully look forward to bringing the Midlands Science Festival back to this region again."
One particularly successful event, which took place in Offaly, involved a fascinating day of workshops in Tullamore which were provided by festival partner, Waterways Ireland in collaboration with the Irish Peatland Conservation Council, IPCC.
Manus Tiernan, Waterways Ireland Education Officer commented, "We were delighted to take part in Midlands Science Festival. The event which takes place as part of Science Week is a fantastic opportunity to promote STEM subjects within midlands schools. It was great to visit Educate Together in Tullamore where the students were introduced to the biodiversity of the Grand Canal. Thanks to Nuala Madigan IPCC, who delivered the workshops and to the very enthusiastic staff and students of Educate Together for taking part in the event."
The Midlands Science Festival team was delighted to partner with some other new organisations this year in order to deliver events to as many people as possible, including St. Mary’s Youth Centre in Tullamore which this year hosted a large mobile planetarium.
Bill O’Hanlon, Manager of St. Mary’s Youth Centre said, "We are delighted to link up with the Midlands Science Festival this year and to welcome the pupils of local primary school, St. Joseph’s to the youth centre for a Science Week event. The more we can do to encourage curiosities amongst younger children the more likely they will be to consider science and technology for their future career options. We welcome anything we can do to support and encourage learning in a fun and interactive environment here at St. Mary’s Youth Centre."