SciFest@College 2020 Online

Information and Guidelines for Students

Welcome to SciFest@College 2020 Online. Please make sure to read the section on Health and Safety before moving on to the How to Enter section – in the current crisis it is absolutely essential that we all follow the health and safety advice provided by the HSE.

The deadline for entering SciFest@College 2020 Online was Thursday 14 May. Entries are now closed.

Schools and colleges are closed so SciFest@College 2020 has moved online to provide an opportunity for as many students as possible to have their work assessed by panels of experts and compete for awards. We know that not every student will be in a position to avail of this opportunity. This is very regrettable but, unfortunately, working online is the only option available in the current crisis.

Health and Safety
As your health and safety, as well as that of all those involved in the SciFest@College programme, is our main priority it is essential that you adhere strictly to the advice provided by the HSE when participating in the SciFest@College 2020 online competition. The nature and extent of the current crisis changes almost daily and the guidance provided by the HSE changes accordingly. It is therefore essential that you check the HSE website regularly.

Safety in the Home
Participation in SciFest@College 2020 Online does not require you to carry out practical work in your home that is normally carried out in a school laboratory setting, nor , nor should you undertake such activities. Any practical activities that you do undertake must be safe and must be carried out under the appropriate supervision of a responsible adult.

How to Enter

What do I Have to do?
To participate in the SciFest@College online competition you are asked to upload your project report book to the SciFest website. It would also be helpful if you could also upload a short video – less than two minutes. You may also upload some supporting material, for example, a poster. Other than the video, all materials should be in PDF format if possible but this is not essential.

How do I Upload my Project?
When you are ready to upload your project materials go to the table of SciFest@College venues at the bottom of this page and click on the venue where you entered your project originally. For example, if you originally submitted your entry form to Cork IT then click on Cork IT in the table. This opens the entry form.

Note that fields in the entry form marked with a red asterisk must be completed and you will not be able to submit your project until they are. If you do not have information for some of the other fields don't worry, just fill in what you can. If you have any difficulties please email or contact us

What if I Haven't Finished my Project?
It is understood that you may not have had an opportunity to complete your project because of not having access to a lab or other necessary resources. In that case you should describe what you intended to do and what experiments/investigations you intended to carry out. You should also describe what results you expected to get and how you intended to present them; for example, you could show the tables that you would have used and sketch the graphs that you intended to use to illustrate the data.

What if I'm Doing a Group Project?
If you’re presenting a group project current HSE advice requires that you do not travel to each other’s homes to work on the project. All collaboration must be either online or by phone. Note that only one member of the group needs to upload the project to the website.

SciFest@College Venues

Athlone IT Cork IT DCU
Dundalk IT Galway-Mayo IT IT Carlow
IT Sligo IT Tralee Letterkenny IT
Limerick IT Moylish Limerick IT Thurles NorthWest (NI), St Mary's
TU Dublin Blanchardstown TU Dublin Grangegorman TU Dublin Tallaght
Waterford IT

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