SciFest 2012 was a huge success with a record number of 4290 students exhibiting 1864 projects.
SciFest@College 2012 was hosted by the 14 Institutes of Technology and the University of Ulster, Magee Campus, Derry. 3379 students from 227 schools exhibited 1487 projects. This represented a 16% increase in the number of students participating at this level compared to 2011. A further 911 students presented 377 projects at SciFest@School science fairs. In the five years since SciFest was launched nationwide more than 13 400 students have exhibited projects.
Well done to all who participated – students, teachers, parents, judges and regional organisers. Thank you to all who sponsored prizes at each event and to all who played a role in making it possible. We hope to see you all again at SciFest 2013.
There were lots of awards to be won at each SciFest event. The projects were of a very high standard so well done to all the deserving students who received awards. Click here to access the list of major award winners for each venue / Institute of Technology.
Seven major awards were presented at each Institute of Technology
- Intel Best Project Award
The Intel Best Project Award winners from each SciFest 2012 venue participated in a national final competition at Intel on 26 October 2012. The competing projects were of a very high standard so congratulations to Simon Bluett from CBS Secondary Kilkenny who was awarded the top prize. Simon’s prize included the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2013 which took place in Phoenix, Arizona from 12-17 May 2013. Simon was accompanied at ISEF by his teacher.
- Abbott Runner-up Best Project
- BT Best Communicator Award
- NCE-MSTL Maths in Science Award (National Center Mathematics Science Excellence Teaching and Learning)
- PharmaChemical Ireland Chemistry Award
- SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) Energy Award
- ESERO Ireland Discover Space Award (European Space Education Resource Office) (Student and mentoring teacher award)
- Discover Sensors Award (Student and mentoring teacher award)
- Global Citizenship and Sustainability Award
Category prizes, highly commended, display, and communicator awards were also given and some of the Institutes of Technology presented trophies sponsored by the relevant Institute.
An award was presented to each of the mentoring teachers of the Discover Sensors and Discover Space award winning projects.