Discovering Science in Longford with Abbott

Midlands Science Festival takes place from November 11 to 18

News Reporter


News Reporter


National Science Week

Tara Cullen from the Reptile Zoo with Aoibheann Slattery and Helena Warnock from Abbot as last year's Discovery Day. Photo: Shelly Corcoran.

The Midlands Science Festival will be taking place across the region for all ages from November 11 to 18 and promises a packed programme with over 130 innovative and hands-on events.

National Science Week, which is managed by ‘SFI Discover’ the education and public engagement programme of Science Foundation Ireland, has been in existence since the mid-1990s and has grown to around 800 events per year.

The Festival takes science into libraries, theatres and even the outdoors, giving people a variety of exciting ways to explore a multitude of ideas for a future career in science, technology, engineering and maths.

The Festival team is delighted to announce that for the second year running, an exciting, free-of-charge event will take place on Saturday, November 10 in St Mel’s College in Longford from 10am until 2pm.

The event will be run in partnership with Abbott, one of Ireland’s leading healthcare companies, and will offer a unique opportunity for students and their parents or guardians to experience a whole range of science and technology fun, including science activities with Anyone 4 Science, The Dinosaur Show with Dale Treadwell, The Exploration Dome, The Reptile Zoo, the Under the Microscope team, and innovative science activities with Abbott.

Jackie Gorman, Director of the Midlands Science Festival said, "Whether you want to make ice cream without a freezer, learn about dinosaurs having feathers, explore the night sky or hold a hairy tarantula, we've got something for you at this exciting Discovery Day in Longford.

“The event, which attracted over 250 people in 2017, is part of Science Week and is presented in association with Abbott.
“Activities will be running from 10am to 2pm, so we are encouraging people to partake in a few activities and use this day as an opportunity to engage with science in a hands on and fun way.

“The Midlands Science Festival is all about taking the traditional notion of science to a different level outside of the classroom, giving people a variety of diverse ways to explore the world around them and to learn something new and beneficial – and thanks to the generosity of partners such as Abbott, we are now heading into our sixth year and our 2018 festival promises to be even bigger and better."

The Midlands Science Festival will highlight how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) is fundamental to everyday life and demonstrates STEM’s importance to the future development of our society and economy.

It is a free, family-friendly programme of events that allows people of all ages to participate in a large number of hands-on science and technology activities, and see a host of live discussions with science enthusiasts and communicators, corporate partners, and business and science experts.

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