SciFest Caolann

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SciFest Caolann

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Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD has called second-level pupils in Limerick to place their skills in mathematics, engineering, technology, and maths (STEM) to the test since he launched SciFest 2018.

SciFest is the largest science initiative in the island of Ireland. Over 50,000 pupils have participated in the competition, since launching in 2008. SciFest is financed by Intel Ireland, Boston Scientific and Science Foundation Ireland.

SciFest intends to give pupils of all abilities the chance to develop analysis, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills. The closing date for SciFest@College 2018 is Friday 9th March 2018.

Talking at the launching of SciFest 2018 at the Department of Education and Skills in Dublin, Sheila Porter, SciFest Creator and CEO stated: “2018 marks 10 years since SciFest was first launched. In 2008, I couldn’t have imagined how much SciFest would grow, and how powerful it would turn into. Last year, 10,000 students participated across the nation and I am sure that this season will be even more successful. ”

Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills said: “I’m thrilled to launch this season’s SciFest and now I’d want to congratulate the team to the 10 year anniversary of this programme. ”

In SciFest, second-level pupils showcase STEM projects at a string of one-day science fairs held everywhere in schools and regionally at the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The champions in each regional science fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2018. The winner(s) of this SciFest National Final 2018 will probably be presented with a prize and will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2019 at Phoenix, Arizona.

Last year’s entire domestic final winner was Aaron Hannon, in St Muredach’s College, Ballina, for his job on a shaving device for people with limited hand dexterity. Aaron will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2018 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May.

Limerick students wishing to follow in Aaron’s footsteps can log into the SciFest website (www.scifest.ie) and enter online.

SciFest 2018 will also be the fourth season of this esteemed Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science classes; the overall winner of the award will receive the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award at the national final in November.

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