BIG Congratulations to the 2015 SciFest winner – Louis Madden, who will be representing Ireland at Intel ISEF 2016!
Description of SciFest project.
The four strands of the SciFest project are:
1. Local – SciFest@School
SciFest@School is where second-level schools host their own in-house SciFest science fair. Support for the event is provided by SciFest in the form of a SciFest Science Exhibition Toolkit, resources and BKMs on the SciFest website. This strand was introduced in 2011 and there has been strong demand from schools to participate. From just 5 schools in 2011 the number participating increased to 35 In 2014. In these 35 schools some 3154 students presented 1332 projects.
2. Regional – SciFest@College
The Institutes of Technology host one-day SciFest science fairs which are open to all second-level students. A SciFest fair consists of a competition and exhibition of projects, a prize-giving ceremony, and may also include a selection of science talks, science demonstrations in the college laboratories and advice on careers in STEM and courses available in the college. SciFest@College affords students the opportunity to visit a third-level college, view the facilities and get information on the various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) courses available. The fact that the event is regionally based and has open and free entry means that SciFest is both accessible and inclusive. The project also has a cross-border aspect as St Mary’s College in Derry also hosts a SciFest fair and some students from schools in Northern Ireland cross the border to participate in fairs in the Republic.
3. National – SciFest@SFI Discover
The overall winner from each SciFest@College event is invited to exhibit at a national SciFest science fair. The projects are evaluated by an expert panel of judges from academia, enterprise and government. Each of the exhibitors is presented with an Excellence in STEM award in recognition of their success at the regional fairs and the overall winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip along with their teacher to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Exhibition (ISEF) which is held annually in May in the USA. Because of the exceptionally high standard of the projects in the 2013 final both the winner and the runner-up participate in ISEF 2014 in Los Angeles and between them brought home a total of three awards.
4. International – SciFest@ISEF
SciFest participated in the Intel ISEF for the first time in May 2012. ISEF is a one-week science fair, held annually in the USA since 1950, at which some 1700 students from over 440 affiliated science fairs in approximately 70 countries, regions and territories compete for a range of prizes. The projects are judged by a 1200-strong panel of highly-qualified judges.
In 2014 SciFest affiliated to the International Enviornment and Sustainability Project Olympiad (INESPO) in the Netherlands. This competition attracts students from over 40 countries all over the world. Next June three students from the Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty will represent Ireland and SciFest at INESPO 2015 in The Hague.
If students and teachers would like to be a part of the next SciFest project then for more information and entry guidelines visit :https://scifest.ie/entry-guidelines