The SciFest 2017 National Final in Association with SFI took place in the Marino Conference Centre, Dublin on Friday 10 November 2017. The programme for the day may be accessed here.

The overall winners from each of the 16 regional SciFest science fairs and 8 of the top runners-up exhibited their projects and competed for a number of awards, including the SciFest 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Intel ISEF Award - a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to represent Ireland in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2018.

The National Final included a competition for the best of the winners of the Boston Scientific Medical Devices award at the 16 regional fairs. This year the standard was exceptionally high and 7 projects were selected to compete at the National Final.
 

SciFest National Final 2017 - Award Winners

SciFest 2017 Science Foundation Ireland Intel ISEF Award
Student      Aaron Hannon
Project EnableArm: The Shaving Device for People with Limited Hand Dexterity
School St Muredachs College, Sligo Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Teacher Kevin Boyle

 

Berlin Long Night of Science 2017 Award
Students Thomas Curtin, Dylan Moloney                             
Project Height Adjustable Crutch
School Desmond College, Newcastle West, Co. Limerick
Teacher Donal Enright

 

Boston Scientific Medical Devices 2017 Grand Award
Student  Aaron Hannon                          
Project EnableArm: The Shaving Device for People with Limited Hand Dexterity
School St Muredachs College, Sligo Road, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Teacher Kevin Boyle

 

Abbott Ireland 2017 Award
Students   Shannon Mc Hugh, Ciara Keaveney                   
Project Fire Ashes – An Undervalued Nutrient
School Glenamaddy Community School, Glenamaddy, Co.Galway
Teacher Deirdre Hardiman

 

THEA 2017 Award
Student     Omar Salem
Project Protecting Turbofans from Foreign Object Damage
School Sutton Park School, St Fintan's Road, Sutton, Dublin 13
Teacher Catherine Tattersall

 

ISTA 2017 Award
Student     Adam Kelly
Project Can Beet Beat Other Cattle Feeds?
School Moate Community School, Church Street, Moate, Co. Westmeath
Teacher Margaret Mandal

 

SciFest 2017 10th Anniversary Award
Student Jack Nagle
Project Tractor Safe Lock
School Killorglin Community College, Killorglin, Co. Kerry
Teacher Donal O Reilly

 

Each of the 44 finalists was also presented with an Excellence in STEM Award to mark
their achievement in reaching the National Final of SciFest 2017.