The SciFest@College 2017 STEM fairs take place at 16 venues around the country between March and June. The closing date for entries to SciFest@College 2017 was Friday 10 March 2017 except in the case of SciFest@NorthWest in St Mary's College, Derry, where the entry date was Friday 12 May 2017.
Dates for the SciFest@College 2018 STEM fairs and contact details for the local co-ordinators are posted here as they become available.
For information on entering SciFest@College 2018 and to access the online entry form please follow this link.
The SciFest 2017 National Final will take place in the Marino Conference Centre on Friday 10 November. For details of the awards to be presented at the National Final please follow this link.
SciFest@College 2017 Science Fairs Major Awards
|The following awards were available at each SciFest@College 2017 science fair|
|Science Foundation Ireland Best Project Award||
|Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award||
|Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award||
|Intel Award (Best Physical Science or Technology Project)||
|SciFest 10th Anniversary Award||
|Sustainable Energy Award (SEAI)||
|Newstalk Best Communicator Award||
BioPharmaChem Ireland Chemistry Award
RSC School Chemistry Award (Royal Society of
Discover Space Award (ESERO Ireland)
Discover Space Teacher Award
|Maths in Science Award||
|Irish Science Teachers' Association Award||
Special prizes, category prizes, and/or highly commended prizes were also available at most venues and some also presented trophies sponsored by the relevant college or local organisations.
Note: An award may not be presented if, in the opinion of the judges, no project meeting the criteria for the particular award is of sufficient standard to merit the award.
Award Criteria (SciFest@College regional level competition)
Science Foundation Ireland Best Project Award
This award is presented to the overall best project.
The Best Project Award Winners from the SciFest@College 2017 regional science fairs will participate in a national final competition on 10 November 2017.
Participants in the national final will compete for the SciFest 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Grand Award. This award consists of a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their mentor to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2018.
The winner of this award should be capable of taking the project further and competing at an international level.
Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award
This award is presented to the overall second-best project.
The best of the runners-up from the regional events will also participate in the national final and compete for the SciFest 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Grand Award. Following the completion of the regional SciFest@College 2017 science fairs the runners-up will be invited to submit their project report books to SciFest Ltd. A panel of judges appointed by SciFest will assess the projects, based on the report books, and select the projects to go forward to participate in the National Final 2017.
Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award
This award is presented to the project that best demonstrates:
- Understanding of a problem/unanswered question related to science or engineering in the field of medical devices
- Understanding of an area where you have experience or are aware of something to help / improve /change a person’s quality of life who may have a medical need - parent / sister / brother / grandparent / class mate
- Provides a contribution to the medical device field through research/experimentation
This prize is awarded to the best project in the Physical Sciences and Technology categories. If the overall best project or the runner-up is awarded in either the Physical Sciences or the Technology category this prize is awarded to the next best project in these categories.
Sustainable Energy Award
The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland's role is to transform Ireland into a society based on sustainable energy structures, technologies and practices. It has a vision of making Ireland a recognised global leader in sustainable energy. SEAI's schools programme aims to help form good long term behaviours and attitudes to energy efficiency. SEAI is delighted to sponsor an award that will encourage and reward thought, investigation, debate and action on the future of energy in Ireland and throughout the world.
Criteria: The award is presented to the project that demonstrates one or more of the following:
- Energy efficiency in action
- Investigation into renewable energy
- Awareness raising of a topic related to sustainable energy
Newstalk Best Communicator Award
This award may be presented to either a group or an individual. The recipient(s) of this award should demonstrate exceptional ability in effectively communicating their findings to the judges.
BioPharmaChem Ireland Chemistry Award
This award is presented to the project with the best chemistry content; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.
Discover Space Award
The European Space Education Resource Office Ireland (ESERO Ireland) is a project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the European Space Agency. The aim of the project is to use space as a theme to support the teaching of science and maths through the provision of resources, inspirational materials and training for teachers.
Criteria: The award is presented to the project which best uses Space as a theme in science, technology or maths. Space education information and resources are available from www.esero.ie.
Maths in Science Award
This award is presented to the project with the best use of maths; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.
Irish Science Teachers' Association Award
This award is presented to the best project in the Junior Category. If the Science Foundation Ireland Best Project Award winner or Abbott Runner-up is from the junior category the prize will be awarded to the next best project in the category.
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The following awards will be presented at the SciFest 2017 National Final.
SciFest 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Grand Award. Trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2018. Sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and Intel Ireland.
Berlin Long Night of Science Award. Trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their teacher to attend the Long Night of Science in Berlin in June 2018. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
THEA Award. Engraved trophy and €75. Sponsored by the Technological Higher Education Association.
ISTA Award. Engraved trophy. Sponsored by the Irish Science Teachers' Association.
Spirit of SciFest Award. Engraved trophy. Presented by SciFest Limited.
Excellence in STEM Awards. Engraved plaques.
Intel Teacher of Excellence Award. This award will be presented to the teacher of the student(s) who win the SciFest 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Grand Award. The winning teacher receives an all-expenses-paid trip to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in May 2018. Sponsored by Intel Ireland.
Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award. Engraved trophy and an award to the value of €500. Sponsored by Boston Scientific Galway.
This award is only available to winners of the regional Boston Scientific Award. Competitors for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award will be pre-selected on the basis of their project report books. Following the completion of the regional SciFest@College 2017 science fairs the winners of the Boston Scientific award at these fairs will be requested to forward their project report books to SciFest Ltd. A panel of judges representing SciFest and Boston Scientific will assess the projects, based on the report books, and select the projects to go forward to compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award at the National Final 2017.
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