Science fiesta set for Laois as part of Midlands Science Festival X

Magic shows, titanic, roosts & more

Science fiesta set for Laois as part of Midlands Science Festival X

As the Midlands Science Festival gets closer, local development company Midlands Science and Laois County Council are gearing up to provide an array of exciting science events.

Coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, Science Week will run from Sunday 13th – Sunday 20th November 2016.

The Midlands Science Festival is a free, family-friendly, programme of events which allows people of all ages to discover something new, participate in a number of hands-on science and technology activities

The festival is all about taking science out of the lab and into the outdoors, libraries, theatres 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 Midlands Science in collaboration with a number of schools, libraries, speakers, performers and partners.

Catherine Casey, is Heritage Officer with Laois County Council. She said the Council is delighted to be supporting this year’s Festival.

“Local schools can look forward to a whole host of workshops this year including a visit from the Exploration Dome where pupils will have the opportunity to spend time in a mobile planetarium and do some star-gazing, kite making workshops at Portarlington Library, science magic shows, a chance to learn all about acids and bases and in addition to providing events in schools, we are also providing science activities for home-schooled and after-school club children this year to ensure that there is something for everyone,” she said.

An exciting event will be provided by the W5, Northern Ireland’s premiere science and discovery centre says Abbeyleix is in for fun.

“Our shows in the Abbeyleix South School will be fun and informative, as well as highly interactive! We always develop shows with audience participation in mind, so we will need plenty of volunteers to help. The show we will be performing is called The Trouble with Titanic, and Abbeyleix has a special historic link to the ship in that the carpets on it were made there, so that will make our visit all the more fitting,” said Matthew Laughlin from W5.

One quirky activity in Mountmellick is science yarnbombing. During Science Week, a group of crocheters, knitters, embroiderers and crafters will create common viruses some body parts from yarn so that children can see, feel and touch these often mysterious germs in a fun way.

Jackie Gorman is director of Midlands Science Festival.

“For the general public and especially families, we look forward to very special day time activity which will be delivered by local ornithologist Ricky Whelan from BirdWatch Ireland. Ricky will provide a talk on ‘The Secret lives of Ravens and Crows’ on Saturday, November 12 at 2:30pm at Portlaoise library. Join us for this fascinating talk and afterwards, we will walk to the Downs Rookery, right beside Páirc an Phobail, to watch thousands of crows fly in at sunset to the local rookery to roost. We will also have the unveiling of a new Crow & Downs Rookery Interpretive panel for Páirc an Phobail Portlaoise, which was designed by Ricky Whelan”.

For more details www.midlandssciencefestival.com