For details of the major award winners at the regional SciFest@College science fairs please click here.
To view the project abstracts of the 15 overall winners from the regional science fairs who went on to compete in the National Final please click here. The project abstracts of the six SEAI INESPO Award finalists and the six Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award finalists are also available at this link.
The SciFest@College 2015 programme has now been completed with the last regional event, SciFest@NorthWest in St Mary's College, Derry, taking place on 12 June and the National Final on 6 November. This year's programme was yet again a huge success with a continuing 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 further 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. In all some 40 schools hosted SciFest@School science fairs this year, with 4260 students presenting their projects, an increase of just over 35% on last year. 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 all, over 7,200 students participated in the 2015 SciFest programme.
The SciFest 2015 programme reached its climax on Friday 6 November when the National Final was held in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin 9. The 15 winners from the SciFest@College events competed for the top prize of an all-expenses-paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona in May 2016 to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF). The six finalists for the SEAI INESPO award also participated in the final for the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 2016 INESPO competition in the Netherlands. An innovation at theis year's final was the participation of the six finalists for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award. The winner of this award received a trophy and a cheque for €500.
Planning is already well under way for SciFest@College 2016. A number of colleges have already decided on the date for their event. Details of the dates and contacts for the SciFest@College 2016 science fairs will be posted here as they become available.
Ten major student awards were available at each SciFest@College event
- SFI Discover Best Project Award
- Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award
- Intel Award (Best Physical Sciences or Technology Project)
- Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award
- Newtalk Best Communicator Award
- PharmaChemical Ireland Chemistry Award
- ESERO Discover Space Award (European Space Education Resource Office)
- SEAI Energy Award (Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland)
- EPI-STEM Maths in Science Award (National Centre for STEM Education)
- Irish Science Teachers' Association Award
Category prizes, highly commended and display awards were also given at some venues and some also presented trophies sponsored by the relevant Institute or local organisations.
In addition to the student awards there was also a teacher award and a school award available at each venue. The teacher award was presented to the mentor of the winner(s) of the Discover Space Award and is sponsored by the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO).The school award consisted of a set of chemistry laboratory equipment and was presented to the school attended by the winner(s) of the PharmaChemical Ireland Chemistry Award. This award is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry Education Division. The details of the winners of these awards are posted at the following links.
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