SciFest 2017 Looking For Kerry Students’ Entries

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Natasha Myers from Killorglin Community College at Scifest in IT Tralee last year. Photo by Gavin O’Connor.

THE hugely popular SciFest is returning to the IT Tralee this May and students from all over the county are invited to enter this year’s competition.

Last year was a good one for one Kerry student as Natasha Myers from Killorglin Community College was awarded an Excellence in STEM award, for her project “Does playing board games help people with dyslexia?” at the national finals in November.

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Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton launched the 10th annual SciFest and called on second-level students from Kerry to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills.

Supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the aim of SciFest is to give students of all abilities the opportunity to develop research, critical thinking, problem solving, and presentation skills.

In SciFest, second-level students showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The IT Tralee fair will take place this year on May 9.

The winners from each regional science fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2017.

The national final winner(s) of SciFest 2017 will be presented with a trophy and will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2018 in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Kerry students wishing to enter can log on to the SciFest website. Completed entries must be submitted by Friday 10th March.

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