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.