SciFest is a national competitive festival of science, open to all second level students. Organised regionally in collaboration with the Institutes of Technology it takes place annually. Intel and Discover Science & Engineering, as project partners, jointly fund the competition. Students who show innovative use of sensor technology in their submitted SciFest projects (and their teachers!) are credited with special Discover Sensors awards, sponsored by Discover Science and Engineering.
SciFest So Far…
In 2006 the inaugural SciFest was held at the IT Tallaght, Dublin. SciFest was then launched nationwide in September 2007. Hosted by nine ITs in 2008 and by all fourteen in 2009, such growth reflects the commitment of ITs to support and promote science education in Ireland. The first SciFest exhibition in Northern Ireland was held in the Millennium Forum, Derry, also in 2009.
SciFest 2009 involved a total of 1,980 students, from 162 schools, exhibiting 836 projects nationwide. An increase of almost 25% of participating students compared with the previous year. Athlone hosted the largest staging of the competition (?in 2010?), with 170 projects from 24 schools from counties Westmeath, Galway, Roscommon, Longford, Offaly, Cavan and Mayo.