The 2017 SciFest National Final takes place in the Marino Conference Centre on Friday, 10th November. This event includes a competition for the winners of the SFI Best Project Award at each of the 16 regional SciFest@College STEM fairs and a number of the regional runners-up. These latter were selected by a judging panel based on their project report books. Each participant will receive a Science Foundation Ireland Excellence in STEM award in recognition of their achievement at the regional fairs. The winner will receive a trophy and the opportunity to represent Ireland at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
2017 has been an exciting year for SciFest, celebrating not only its tenth anniversary but also the fact that it has grown to become Ireland’s largest pre-college STEM competition. More than ten thousand students participated in SciFest 2017 bringing the total number of participants in the 10 years to over fifty thousand.
SciFest was set up to encourage a love of STEM through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to give every young person, whatever their background or circumstances, the opportunity to achieve their potential in, and have an enjoyable experience of, STEM. Entry is free and open to all second-level students, thus promoting diversity and making participation highly inclusive and accessible.