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Primary schools from across Ireland are invited to take part in the 2017 Intel Mini Scientist!

This week Intel Ireland has launched the Mini Scientist competition for 2017.

Previous Mini Scientist winners Jamie Boyle, Róisín Dunne, Laura Miller, Sinéad Buggy from Timahoe N.S. are pictured at the 2017 launch

The Intel Mini Scientist is a competition for primary school students. The competition, which is run by Intel, is open to 4th, 5th and 6th class students from across Ireland. Taking part in the Intel Mini Scientist involves creating a science and technology project which can be based on the Primary Science Curriculum or any area which is of interest to the participating students.

Once the projects have been developed, schools host an exhibition where all of the projects can be showcased and for which Intel will provide judges and prizes for everyone taking part. A winning project from every school taking part then progresses to a regional final where students will have the chance to compete for a place at the National Grand Final.

In 2016, almost 6,500 students from 15 different counties took part in Mini Scientist with 105 different schools involved.

The Prizes
There are a number of fantastic prizes available to participating schools:

  • Every school taking part receives a special commemorative plaque
  • Every student taking part receives a goody bag and certificate
  • Every member of the winning project teams receives science related prizes
  • There is a €1000 monetary grant for the school which has the overall Grand final winning project

Key Dates

  • May 24th                                          Launch of Intel Mini Scientist 2017
  • October 4th                                     Closing date for registration
  • October 9th – November 24th    School exhibitions take place
  • December 5th – 20th                     Regional finals take place
  • February 2018                                Grand Final event takes place

Want to Get Involved?

The Mini Scientist is open to schools all across Ireland and there is no minimum number of students required for a school to participate. If you would like to register your school to take part in Mini Scientist 2017 please visit and use the link provided to register your school.

The Intel Mini Scientist is all about having fun and getting some practical, hands on experience of science and technology – sign up today and join the fun!


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