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Midlands Science in Partnership with Bord na Móna

Midlands Science is a not-for-profit development company working to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) education and skills.

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Midlands Science is a not-for-profit development company, which works to promote STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths] education and skills among students, teachers and parents in the four Midlands counties of Laois, Offaly, Longford and Westmeath. Midlands Science collaborate with a variety of partners and sponsors on a whole range of science promotion concepts and ventures to provide even more opportunities, activities and resources for students in the region. As a company, it concentrates efforts on science and technology education and up-skilling and on providing annual initiatives to help build the next generation of local scientists and engineers in the most innovative and dynamic ways possible.

Midlands Science was delighted to collaborate with Bord na Móna to deliver some exciting and interactive workshops during 2017 and these events proved to be an effective way to engage young children about the diversity of science and technology and how it is such a big part of everyday life. Bord Na Móna has a number of sites in the Midlands that welcome visits from the public and particularly young people to learn more about the advances being made in the areas of renewable energy technology, power generation and ecology to name but a few. Established in 1934 as the Turf Development Board and renamed Bord na Móna in 1946, the company has committed itself over 80 years ago to delivering sustainable industry to Ireland using indigenous resources. Bord na Móna is also committed to promoting awareness and education on biodiversity in schools and in communities and to protecting and preserving our heritage and environment for future generations to enjoy.

Bord Na Móna’s partnership with Midlands Science has enabled the company to facilitate the organization and delivery of these hands-on educational activities to local primary and secondary schools during the Midlands Science Festival, which is held annually during national Science Week.

Corporate Social Responsibility Manager at Bord na Móna, Mia McCarthy commented, ‘Bord na Móna’s strategy is focused on moving the company from being dependent on our traditional businesses. We have diversified to sustainable businesses including renewable energy. While providing employment is highly valuable, Bord na Móna provides more than just jobs. We have always perceived our role to be active and directly involved in the communities where we operate so we are delighted to be teaming up with the Midlands Science Festival this year to support events which help to promote the importance of science education to our local young people.’

The Midlands Science Festival is an annual event which celebrates the importance of science and technology across the Midlands region. It includes events to suit all tastes and ages and receives extensive media coverage. Young people are naturally drawn to science but it is so vital to foster and encourage this thirst for knowledge and discovery as they move upwards in school and begin to consider what sort of career they would like to pursue. Midlands Science is actively engaged in a number of valuable projects to address science education promotion and the festival is a key element, providing approximately 130 different outreach events in one week in November.

Jackie Gorman, CEO of Midlands Science said, ‘We are very grateful to Bord na Móna and to all parties who enable events like this to happen as we believe that by creating a more innovative approach to learning science, pupils will have a much better appreciation for how diverse, exciting and far-reaching it actually is. Hopefully our collaborative work will continue to inspire more young people from across the Midlands to consider science when choosing future career options. We look forward to more engaging shows and workshops and in continuing to spread the message that science is so important for the future economy and is all around us in so many different aspects of life.’

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