Call Goes Out For Kerry Students To Enter Scifest 2019

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SECOND-LEVEL students from Kerry are being asked to put their skills in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) to the test again as the call goes out for entries for the 12th annual SciFest@College competition.

SciFest is the largest and most inclusive second-level STEM fair initiative on the island of Ireland and a local competition takes place in the IT Tralee every year.

This year it takes place on Wednesday, May 8. The winners from each regional STEM fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2019. Students can enter online via the SciFest website,

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The winner(s) of the SciFest National Final 2019 will be presented with a trophy and will represent Ireland at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2020 in Anaheim, California.

Since launching in 2008, more than 60,000 students have participated in the competition, which represents an average year on year increase of 23% in participation. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Boston Scientific, Intel Ireland and Specsavers.

SciFest aims to give students of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to develop research, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills. The closing date for SciFest@College 2019 is Friday, March 8.

Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh launching this year’s competition said: “SciFest is a fantastic competition. As a Government we are committed to promoting young people’s involvement in this area.  An event like SciFest gets young people engaged in STEM subjects and in research and innovation.  It drives interest and gives them a great opportunity to explore ideas and develop their skills outside their studies. The support and inspiration that teachers and parents offer is also really important. I also want to thank the third level institutes for hosting events and I would like to congratulate everyone else who gets involved, as well as the team from SciFest that makes it all happen.”

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