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  • EVENTWaterways Ireland takes part in Midlands Science Festival 2016
    Waterways Ireland takes part in Midlands Science Festival 2016

    ​The Midlands Science Festival is all about taking science out of the lab and into libraries, theatres, streets and younger classrooms, giving people a variety of fun ways to explore the world around them. The overall event is a unique opportunity to explore science through a programme of interactive exhibits, workshops and shows developed by local development agency Midlands Science (formerly Atlantic Corridor ) based in Tullamore, in partnership with Science Foundation Ireland (SFI).

    As part of the festival Waterways Ireland will be hosting a series of Biodiversity workshops on the 18th of November in Educate Together, Tullamore, Co. Offaly focusing on the Grand Canal. The Grand Canal is said to one of Ireland's greatest engineering achievements, during these short workshops students will explore the history of building the canal, the uses of the grand canal past and present and discover the wonderful wildlife that call the canal their home.  The workshop will include dvd presentation on the grand canal, class discussion, introduction to the amphibians of Ireland and practical hands on workshop to identify live freshwater invertebrates ​

    The theme for Science Week 2016 is Science Rising. Coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week will run from Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th November 2016. The festival will highlight how STEM is fundamental to everyday life and demonstrate STEM's importance to the future development of our society and economy.

  • EVENTCelebrate Biodiversity this Halloween!
    Celebrate Biodiversity this Halloween!

    Waterways Ireland is hosting a series of biodiversity workshops at our centre in Grand Canal Quay on Thursday 27th October. This special event is completely FREE of charge for schools so why not come along and join us!

    The workshops will begin with an introduction to the flora and fauna found along the canals from animals and plants to mini-beasts and aliens. We will explore the importance of biodiversity and fully functioning ecosystems and discuss the relationships between organisms. Activities will include pond dipping, a short canal walk to meet some of our local Lock residents, using microscopes to identify both native and alien species and you might even get to meet some bats and other mammals!

    The workshops start at 10.30am and 11.45am and 1.15pm. Each workshop will run for one hour approximately. Booking is essential and is on a first come, first served basis. A maximum of 30 students can be accommodated per tour. Please note the canal walk is weather dependant and an outdoor activity so participants are advised to wear appropriate outdoor clothing.

    Please don't hesitate to get in touch by emailing learning@waterwaysireland.org or calling 071 9650625 if you would like more information.

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