Why Get Involved

Why Get Involved


SciFest: Inspiring and Promoting Excellence
in STEM in Second-level Schools



How SciFest Benefits Students

SciFest:

  • is open to all second-level students; it is locally based and there is no entry fee, making it highly accessible and inclusive

  • encourages students to develop an interest in science through an inquiry-based approach and hands-on activities

  • helps students to grow in confidence and develop their communication skills by exhibiting their work in a small, local, student-friendly environment

  • encourages students of all abilities and backgrounds to participate, lowering barriers and bringing the talents of diverse populations into the innovation pipeline

  • encourages and supports the greater participation of girls in STEM education

  • provides students with an opportunity to engage in activities that link science, maths, engineering and technology to their everyday lives and to society

  • provides students with an opportunity to visit their local third-level college, view the facilities and learn about the courses available, encouraging them to continue their STEM education into third-level

  • supports the inquiry-based, problem-solving approach promoted by the science and maths curriculum in second-level schools, thus improving students’ opportunities to achieve academic success



How SciFest Benefits Teachers

SciFest:

  • facilitates a community of educators with similar goals and ideals

  • provides online support for teachers at scifest.ie

  • supports the teaching of the STEM subjects in the second-level curriculum

  • provides opportunities for professional development for teachers



SciFest@School Evaluation 2017_18

Teachers who registered for SciFest@School were asked to complete an online evaluation questionnaire.

Comments included:

  • Focuses students on collaborative, team-based projects. They practice communicating with external judges

  • Raises the profile of the school. Enhances self confidence. Raises the awareness of science subjects

  • Great for developing a wide range of skills in one project such as scientific literacy, numeracy, ICT, communication

  • Very positive. A perfect module for TY

  • It was a great opportunity for our students who have special ed needs to take part in such an event and rise to the occasion

  • It's inclusive so everyone regardless of level gets to participate. Other Science events can be quite elitist

  • It was excellent way of allowing students to really put the nature of science into practice

  • Already have first years planning their SciFest projects for next year

  • It was good for the pupils to see each other’s work and to see the standard that can be reached

  • It is a great showcase for the school as we had a lot of people come in to judge the projects

  • SciFest feedback can bring shortfalls in their scientific method to the attention of students. Very useful ahead of CBAs

  • Nice event for getting the science department working together

  • Involving entire school community!

  • Prepares students for new CBAs in junior cycle. Gives all students the opportunity to compete in a science competition

  • Teaches students to work under pressure



Testimonials

The documents below give a flavour of the views of teachers on the value of SciFest and project work to the development of students' learning and skills.

To access a particular document please click on either the document title or its icon.



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Comments from Teachers, Students and Judges

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Judging at SciFest@School - two judges' experience

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SciFest@School in Santa Sabina, Dominican College, Dublin 13

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SciFest@School in Fingal Community College, Swords, Co. Dublin



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Dec
14 2018
SciFest@School in Pobalscoil na Tríonóide, Youghal, Co. Cork
Dec
14 2018
SciFest@School in Teen-Turn, at The Digital Exchange, Crane Street, Dublin 8
Dec
19 2018
SciFest@School (Fair 1) in Stratford College, Rathgar, Dublin 6
Jan
17 2019
SciFest@School in De Lacy College, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
30-Nov-2018
The SciFest 2018 National Final took place on 9 November in the in the Marino Conference Centre in Dublin. Richard Bruton T.D., Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment visited the exhibition in the morning and talked to the studen
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