Student Chapter President, Ms. Laura Tobin was asked to take part in the Midlands Science Festival during Science Week 2015. Laura gave two talks about STEM and Women in STEM on the 11th November 2015. The first talk was to 5th and 6th class (11 – 12 year old) in St Cremins NS, Multyfarnham, Co Westmeath which had a class of 31 students. The second presentation was in Laura’s former secondary school, Loreto College, Mullingar where over 130 students from Transition Year, 5th and 6th year attended.
Science Week Ireland is an annual event which first took place in 1996 and has grown to a programme of over 800 events scheduled across the country. It aims to make science more interesting and accessible to children and adults alike. It highlights how science, technology and engineering are hugely relevant to us all in our everyday lives, lead to interesting and exciting career options and develop creativity in our children.
Atlantic Corridor provide a forum where organisations work collaboratively to find solutions to collective regional issues. Our goal in delivering the ‘Midlands Science Festival’ is to focus on increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths literacy amongst the Midlands population. We want to celebrate science. Our hope is that young people will better understand that science can be fun and therefore be encouraged to pursue careers in science related fields. We also wish to help teachers, providing them with resources that they wouldn’t normally use and get students thinking about science beyond the lab. And finally, we hope that parents will feel more confident about supporting science and understand that it requires investment if we are to address the current science skills gap in Irish society.