SciFest@College Awards 2021

The SciFest 2020 National Final in Association with SFI took place online from Thursday 19 November 2020 to Saturday 21 November 2020. For details of the awards presented at the 2020 National Final please follow this link.


SciFest@College 2021 Major Awards

The following awards are currently available for projects entered through each of the 16 SciFest@College venues.

Best Project Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Runner-up Best Project Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Intel Award (Best Technology Project)

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens
Institute of Physics Award
  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Business Excellence Institute Award (New)

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Environmental Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Fenergo Communication Award (New)

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Chemistry Award

RSC School Chemistry Award (Royal Society of Chemistry Republic of Ireland Section) [School Award]

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens
  • Laboratory Equipment

Discover Space Student Award (ESERO Ireland)

Discover Space Teacher Award

  • Trophy
  • Space Atlas

Maths in Science Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Irish Science Teachers' Association Student Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Junior Innovation Award

  • Trophy
  • One4All tokens

Merit Award

  • Plaque

Note: An award may not be presented if, in the opinion of the judges, no project meeting the criteria for the particular award is of sufficient standard to merit the award.

Award Criteria

Best Project Award

This award is presented to the overall best project.

The Best Project Award Winners from the SciFest@College 2021 regional STEM fairs will participate in the National Final competition which takes place in November 2021 provided the project meets Criterion 1 below.

Participants in the National Final will compete for the SciFest STEM Champion 2021 Award. This award consists of a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their mentor to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May 2022.

Criterion 1. The winner of this award must, in the opinion of the judges, be capable of taking the project further and competing at an international level.

Criterion 2. To qualify for the Regeneron ISEF Award at the SciFest 2021 National Final a project must comply with the rules of Regeneron ISEF 2022.

Runner-up Best Project Award

This award is presented to the overall second-best project.

The best of the runners-up from the regional events will also participate in the National Final and compete for the SciFest STEM Champion 2021 Award.

Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award

This award is presented to the project that best demonstrates:

  • Understanding of a problem/unanswered question related to science or engineering in the field of medical devices
  • Understanding of an area where you have experience or are aware of something to help / improve /change a person’s quality of life who may have a medical need - parent / sister / brother / grandparent / classmate
  • A contribution to the medical device field through research/experimentation

The best of the winners of this award at the regional fairs will compete at the National Final for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award.

Following the completion of the regional SciFest@College 2021 STEM fairs a panel of judges appointed by Boston Scientific and SciFest will assess the projects, based on the report books and videos, and select the projects to go forward to compete for the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Grand Award at the National Final 2021.

Intel Award

This prize is awarded to the best project in the Technology category. If the overall best project or the runner-up is awarded in the Technology category this prize is awarded to the next best project in this category.

Institute of Physics Award

This award is presented to the project with the best physics content; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Business Excellence Institute Award

This award is presented to the project with the greatest potential to impact organisations and/or industries; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Environmental Award

This award is presented to the best project with an environmental theme. Topics investigated could include energy conservation, renewable energy, climate change, air or water quality, waste management, etc.

Fenergo Communication Award

This award may be presented to either a group or an individual. The recipient(s) of this award should demonstrate exceptional ability in effectively communicating their findings to the judges both orally and visually.

Chemistry Award

This award is presented to the project with the best chemistry content; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Discover Space Award

The European Space Education Resource Office Ireland (ESERO Ireland) is a project co-funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the European Space Agency. The aim of the project is to use space as a theme to support the teaching of science and maths through the provision of resources, inspirational materials and training for teachers.

Criteria: The award is presented to the project which best uses Space as a theme in science, technology or maths. Space education information and resources are available from www.esero.ie.

Maths in Science Award

This award is presented to the project with the best use of maths; it may be made in any of the 3 categories.

Irish Science Teachers' Association Student Award

This award is presented to the best group project in the Junior Category. If the Best Project Award winner or Runner-up is from the Junior Category the prize will be awarded to the next best group project in the category.

Junior Innovation Award

This award is presented to the best individual project in the Junior Category. If the Best Project Award winner or Runner-up is from the Junior Category the prize will be awarded to the next best individual project in the category.



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