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Minister calls for entries for SciFest 2019

Posted: 11 February, 2019

Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh visited the TU Dublin Grangegorman Campus last week where he met a group of second-level students from the Donahies Community School with a strong interest in science.

The students were on hand to help launch SciFest 2019 – the largest aqnd most inclusive second-level STEM fair in Ireland.   Since it began in 2008, over 60,000 students have participated in the competition which is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Boston Scientific, Intel Ireland and Specsavers.

Minister McHugh 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.”

SciFest aims to give students of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to develop research, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills.  The Donahies students demonstrated those very skills in their meeting with the Minister and in their tour of the research labs in the Environmental Health Science Institute with Professor Jesus Frias, TU Dublin.

Speaking at the launch, SciFest Founder and CEO Sheila Porter said: “SciFest has now been running for 11 years and 2019 will mark our 12th year of the competition. I couldn’t be happier at what the competition has become and just how many second-level students are now showcasing their interest in STEM. Last year over 10,000 students participated across the country and I look forward to seeing how much the competition grows this year.”

In SciFest, second-level students showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally at 16 venues around the country, including TU Dublin City Campus, Kevin Street; TU Dublin Tallaght Campus and TU Dublin Blanchardstown.  The winners from each regional STEM fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2019. 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.

The full list of dates and venues is below.  The closing date for SciFest@College 2019 is Friday 08 March 2019.

SciFest@College 2019

TU Dublin Kevin St

 5 Apr

TU Dublin – Tallaght

2 May

Cork IT

5 Apr


3 May

SciFest@NorthWest (NI)

8 Apr

Dundalk IT

7 May

Athlone IT

12 Apr

IT Sligo

8 May

Limerick IT Moylish

30 Apr

TU Dublin Blanchardstown

8 May

Waterford IT

1 May

IT Tralee

8 May

Galway-Mayo IT

2 May

Letterkenny IT

16 May

Limerick IT Thurles

2 May

IT Carlow

23 May