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Minister Bruton launches Scifest 2017

The 10th annual SciFest competition was launched by Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Richard Bruton TD, in St. Marys Secondary School, Killester, in Dublin yesterday.

Since starting in 2016, Scifest has grown immensely. In 2016 over 3,600 students entered over 1600 projects at SciFest @School science fairs. These students were also encouraged and supported by almost 400 teachers from 256 schools.

 Science Foundation Ireland – Discover Call 

SciFest is support by Science foundation Ireland, through its annual Discover Funding Call. The aim of the programme is to encourage a love of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for students at local, regional and national level to present and display their scientific investigations.

Commenting on the commitment from Science Foundation Ireland and its continuing support of SciFest, Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement, said: “At Science Foundation Ireland we are proud of our longstanding support of SciFest, which contributes hugely to the development of STEM education in Ireland. We always seek to promote science among young people and through this event students develop a passion for STEM that will stand to them for their whole lives.”

How SciFest works 

Second-level students get the chance to showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional science fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2017.  

The national final winner of SciFest 2017 will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2018 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. 

How do I apply?

Students who want to apply can simply log onto the website and enter online or download an entry form. It’s that easy! The closing date for SciFest 2017 is Friday 10th March. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Boston Scientific and Intel Ireland.