The SciFest@College 2013 programme has now been completed with the last event, SciFest North-West in the University of Ulster's Magee Campus in Derry, taking place on 11 June. This year's programme was once more a huge success with a further increase in projects exhibited, students and teachers participating and schools represented.
In addition to the increase in participation in the SciFest@College programme this year has seen a dramatic increase in the number of schools hosting their own in-school SciFest@School science fairs and sending on their best projects to the next level. As well as giving more students the opportunity to participate in SciFest this also has the effect of further raising the standard of the projects exhibited at SciFest@College events.
In total, some 5368 students exhibited 2262 projects at SciFest events this year, representing increases of 32% and 29%, respectively, on last year's figures.
The SciFest 2013 programme reached its climax on Friday 22 November when the National Final was held in the Science Gallery in Trinity College. The 15 winners from the SciFest@College events competed for the top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles in May 2014 to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). Please click here for further details of the SciFest 2013 national final and click here for the projects abstracts of the 15 finalists.
The lists of major award winners for each venue / Institute of Technology can be accessed here.
Eight major student awards and two teacher awards were available at each SciFest@College event
- SFI/Discover Science and Engineering Best Project Award
- Intel Award (Best Physical Sciences or Technology Project)
- Abbott Runner-up Best Project
- Newtalk Best Communicator Award
- NCE-MSTL Maths in Science Award (National Center Mathematics Science Excellence Teaching and Learning)
- PharmaChemical Ireland Chemistry Award
- RSC Education division teacher of chemistry award
- SEAI (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland) Energy Award
- ESERO Ireland Discover Space Student Award (European Space Education Resource Office)
Category prizes, highly commended and display awards were also given and some of the Institutes of Technology presented trophies sponsored by the relevant Institute or local organisations.
There were two teacher awards avaiable at each venue. These were presented to the mentors of the winners of the Discover Space Award and the PharmaChemical Ireland Chemistry Award, respectively. The former is sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) and the latter by the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division. The names of the winners of these awards are available at the following links.
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