Calling Westmeath students to take part in this year's SciFest

Students throughout Westmeath have been called upon to put their knowledge of science to the test and enter SciFest 2014! Sponsored by SFI Discover and now in its seventh year as a national project, SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science competition where second-level students showcase science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM ) projects at a series of one day science fairs held regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology and the University of Ulster, Derry.

The closing date for entries is Friday March 7 and entry forms can be downloaded from the SciFest website at scifest.ie

[email protected] will take place on April 30 where students will go head-to-head to compete for a place to represent their region at the national final in November. The national final winners of SciFest 2014 will be presented with a trophy and will represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF ) 2015 in Pittsburgh.

Last year saw a record number of students and schools taking part, with 5,368 students exhibiting 2,262 projects in schools and Institutes of Technology across the country, including 390 students exhibiting 167 projects at [email protected]

The aim of SciFest is to create a science fair experience that is inclusive, accessible, and inspires excellence. It gives students of all levels the opportunity to develop research skills and associated skills such as problem solving, critical thinking, presentation skills, and teamwork. SciFest provides teachers with an opportunity to promote STEM subjects in an interesting, innovative, and hands-on way.

For further information on the competition and to download an entry form log on to www.scifest.ie

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