The AstroLands programme is run by our Education and Public Engagement Manager Áine Flood, and overseen by Project Manager Dr Sophie Murray and I-LOFAR Director Prof Peter Gallagher.
Astronomical Midlands opens new conversations with groups that have had little involvement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) using our unique facility at Birr and, working with colleagues in Birr Castle Demesne, builds on the historic and current science and education activities. Our project allows people in the Midlands to discover opportunities for further education and careers in STEM and inspire the next generation of scientific explorers.
Evaluation of the AstroLands programme has been undertaken by Dr Shane Bergin in School of Education UCD, The full report is available to view here.
Running since February 2019, AstroLands has a strong foundation and continues to develop and deliver activities and events for students, teachers and the general public – all you need is a sense of curiosity!