The Midlands Science Festival is all about taking science out of the lab and into libraries, theatres, streets and classrooms, giving people a variety of fun ways to explore the world around them. The overall event was 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 host 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 explored the history of building the canal, the uses of the grand canal past and present and the wonderful wildlife that call the canal their home. 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."
Read more about the success of the Midlands Science Festival in this article from the Offaly Express.