Over the past few weeks the regional finals of SciFest STEM fairs have been taking place in the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU, and St Mary’s College, Derry. The 2018 program began locally in schools in September and will culminate with a national final this November in Dublin.
The SciFest programme was initiated to promote a love of STEM while providing a platform whereby every secondary school student in Ireland; regardless of background, circumstances or intellectual ability would have the opportunity to participate in a science fair. With 10,000 students from almost 300 schools presenting more than 4,400 projects; SciFest has grown to become Ireland’s largest pre-college STEM competition.
Participation in SciFest helps students develop essential skills for the next generation of creative problem solving and entrepreneurship. The innovation and the creativity on display even at school level is a testament to the hard-work and dedication put in by the students and their teachers.
Sheila Porter, founder and CEO of Scifest remarked; ‘SciFest is all about the students and is a celebration of their achievements in the field of STEM. The variety and quality of the projects on display at SciFest STEM fairs testifies to the impressive spectrum of skills and creativity of the students involved. Participation in SciFest and science fairs in general supports the development of important 21st century skills such as logical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, creativity. These are essential skills, not only for access to the workforce, but also for active citizenship now and into the future. Today a career in STEM promises some of the best business and job prospects on offer.’
The SciFest programme is proudly supported by Intel, Science Foundation Ireland, Boston Scientific, the Institutes of Technology, DCU and St Mary’s College, Derry.
SciFest@College 2018 Intel award Winners to Date
|DIT||Pobalscoil Neasáin, Baldoyle, Dublin 13||EchoCopter – A sophisticated prototype of a model helicopter incorporating a built in Ultrasonic Sensor to alert cabin crew of nearby objects in the flight path of an aircraft||Josh Hand, Robert Torley, Scott Taffee|
|CIT||Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal, Co Cork||What air quality is the best in Youghal from 2016 or 2017?||Emily O’Neill|
|DCU||Sutton Park School, Dublin||A New Fire Proof Cladding System for Tall Buildings||Ava Casey|
|ITC||Scoil Chonglais, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow||Modelling Engineering Applications with Technic Mechanisms Robotics||Nathan Rogers, Shay Barrett, Sean Nolan|
|AIT||Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone, Co. Westmeath||Cultivation on ocean||Nirmitha Premnath|
|LIT Moylish||Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Limerick||Boilgeoga & Broidearnach! Staidéar ar Ráta Imoibríocht Berocca||Anna Shaw, Teagan McGarvey,|
|WIT||Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny||Arduino controlled garden!||Katharina Eirserfey, Kornelija Gruodyte|
|DkIT||Athboy Community School, Co Meath||Irenic app for Anxiety||Ava Gavaghan, Emily Smith|
|ITT||The King’s Hospital, Palmerstown||How different materials Affect WIFI Strength||Iris Alsina Petit, Courtney O’Connor|
|GMIT||Dominican College, Taylors Hill, Galway||ReWire: A solution for enhancing Student Attention Spans While Studying||Aaliyah Clohessy, Ava McGahon|