Students urged to enter SciFest

James Duggan

KERRY students are encouraged to test their knowledge of science by entering SciFest 2013, a competition where second-level students showcase science, technology and maths projects at a series of fairs held in the Institutes of Technologies and the University of Ulster.

SciFest's aim is to create a science fair that is inclusive, accessible and inspires excellence.

It proves that learning science can be fun, as well as giving students a chance to develop in areas such as problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork, presentation, and research skills.

"The promotion of science is crucial if we are to be guaranteed a steady pipeline of young people who choose to study STEM disciplines", Minister of State, with responsibility for Research and Innovation, Seán Sherlock said.

"Science Foundation Ireland is pleased to support SciFest as it is vital that we engage and encourage our young people to increase their knowledge of science and engineering," Director General of SFI, Professor Mark Ferguson said.

Last year, almost 3,400 students exhibited almost 1,500 projects at SciFest events at third level colleges nationwide.

SciFest will take place at the Institute of Technology, Tralee, on Friday, April 12, and at the Institute of Technology, Cork on Friday, April 19. Students can download entry forms from, which must be submitted to the chosen venue by Friday, March 8.

The winners from each fair will then compete at the national final in October.


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