Scifest 2011

The closing date for entries for Scifest 2011 is fast approaching with all entries to be submitted by March 9th. SciFest is a series of one-day science fairs funded by Intel Ireland and Discover Science and Engineering as project partners and hosted nationwide by the Institutes of Technology. A SciFest fair includes a competition and exhibition of projects, a selection of science talks, science demonstrations in the college laboratories and a prize-giving ceremony. In each venue students compete for a number of awards including; Intel Best Project Award, Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award, BT Best Communicator Award, and the Discover Sensors Award. There is also an all expense paid trip to the US on offer this year. The venues and dates for this year's event are as follows:

The aim of SciFest is to "encourage a love of science through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for students at local/regional level to present and display their scientific investigations. The learning experience coupled with the opportunity of sharing their results with their peers and the judges at SciFest takes students to another level beyond just memorising facts". It is hoped then that pupils are then more likely to leave school equipped with the necessary skills for solving real world problems. Further information is also available on their excellent website. Click here to see the entry guidelines for pupils, click here for teacher info or here for entry forms. Good luck!

Scifest is the brainchild of Sheila Porter, a former science teacher in Loreto on the Green. To follow Sheila's ramblings on Twitter click here.


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