1st SciFest 2020 @St Al’s, Cork City

1st SciFest 2020 @St Al’s, Cork City

First SciFest of 2020 Takes Place at St Aloysius Secondary, Cork City

St Aloysius Secondary Cork City kicked off SciFest 2020 in style by hosting their first ever SciFest@School STEM fair. The event too place in the school on 16 January and was organised by science teachers Ms O’Donovan and Ms Foley. Forty-eight Transition Year students presented twenty-six projects to a panel of judges who represented SciFest, APC Microbiome Ireland and the Tyndall National Institute. The day was a resounding success and commenting on the event Ms O’Donovan said:

‘This was our first ever SciFest@School STEM fair in St Aloysius Secondary Cork City, and it was a great success. Having participated in the regional finals in CIT for the last number of years we decided that we wanted to embed the culture of Science Competition further in our school so that our first, second and third years might get motivated and start working on their own projects for next year. As this was our first year to participate in the SciFest@School strand of SciFest, we decided that we would have it as part of our Transition Year programme here at St. Al’s Cork and it went great!

We had great support from SciFest who gave us all the information that we needed to start and sent Seán Foley one of their school liaison officers to help with the judging on the day. We were able to source judges locally from the Tyndall National Institute and APC Microbiome Ireland. Many thanks to Sarah O'Donovan and Julie O'Sullivan, APC Microbiome Ireland and to Walter Messina and Martin O'Connell, the Tyndall National Institute.

SciFest gives every student the chance to achieve, the judges were lovely, and all the students left with a renewed sense of confidence and pride in their work and abilities. The award winners were absolutely beaming when they heard their names called out and were only too delighted with their SciFest rosettes. I would really recommend anyone looking to start a SciFest for school to go ahead and try it. It's an extremely rewarding event for students and teachers. ‘

Many congratulations from SciFest to all the students who participated, to Ms O’Donovan and Ms Foley and to all who supported the inaugural SciFest@School in St Aloysius Secondary Cork City. A special word of thanks to the judges who gave up their valuable time to be a part of the judging panel. We are already looking forward to next year’s STEM fair in St. Al’s.

More information on running a SciFest@School STEM fair in your school can be found at the following link.

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