SciFest

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SciFest

Thousands of secondary school pupils from across the country are expected to take part in SciFest this year.

The event — launched today – aims to promote a love of science, engineering and maths from a young age.

Caolann Brady, Overall SciFest winner 2016, Christopher Carragher, Overall SciFest winner 2014 and Margie McCarthy, Head of Education and Public Engagement, Science Foundation Ireland.

The winners from each region go on to compete at a federal level in November — with the winner of that representing Ireland at the International Science & Engineering Fair at the united states.

This season’s event will mark ten years since SciFest was initially launched. Since launching in 2008, over 50,000 pupils have engaged in the contest, which represents an average year on year growth of 23% in participation.

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SciFest founder Sheila Porter explains how significant events similar to this are: “To be literate, to be able to address problems – it is not only about science believed the STEM is extremely important.

“It is about solving problems and learning new abilities and critical thinking.”

“SciFest is an exceptional initiative that actually puts into practice Science Foundation Ireland’s goal to grow awareness and knowledge of STEM among young people from Ireland,” Dr Ruth Freeman, Director of Strategy and Communications at Science Foundation Ireland explained.

“We’re delighted to support this national schooling initiative though our SFI Discover programme, that will be employed to make science available to everyone and highlights the significance of scientific enquiry.

“It’s inspiring to learn how SciFest has grown over the past ten decades and I am positive that 2018 will be another hugely successful year”

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