Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions the 16 [email protected] 2021 regional STEM fairs will take place virtually. [email protected] remains free to enter and is open to all second-level students. The final date for submission of entry forms is Monday, 19 April. All project materials must be uploaded to the website by Monday, 10 May.
For additional information please visit www.scifest.ie
SciFest extends deadline for entry forms for students for 2021 competition
** Extension due to all students not returning to school until after Easter break **
X March 2021 – SciFest, Ireland’s largest and most inclusive second level STEM fair programme, has extended the deadline for submitting entry forms for the 16th annual [email protected] competition. In response to the Government’s latest return to school schedule, SciFest is extending the timeline until after the Easter break, ensuring all students are given an opportunity to enter. Due to COVID-19 restrictions the competition will remain online again this year. All projects will be accepted from the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths. The extended deadline for receipt of entry forms for [email protected] 2021 is 19 April.
SciFest aims to give students of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to develop research, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills. Participation in the SciFest programme is free at all levels. Since its foundation in 2006, SciFest has grown from a single STEM fair of 170 students to 99 STEM fairs with 10,000 students participating around the country.
Saying a few words about the extension of SciFest 2021, Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO said: “We are pleased with the response we have received so far for SciFest 2021, but we want to be sure all students get a chance to enter. With the continuation of COVID-19 restrictions and all students not returning until after Easter, we are extending the deadline to the 19th April. We want to facilitate this learning opportunity in as much as is possible and we know from speaking to students, teachers and parents that they are eager to participate. This extension will allow students to discuss their projects with their teachers after Easter and before the entry deadline.”
The [email protected] regional finals that have previously taken place in person at the 9 Institutes of Technology, MTU, TU Dublin, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry will once again be held online this year. The deadline for uploading project books is now the 10th May. Overall winners from each regional STEM fair will go on to compete at the SciFest National Final on the 19th November 2021.
There is a wide range of prizes available at each regional venue, including the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award and the Intel Technology Award. This year SciFest is delighted to announce a new award for projects with potential for business impact, the Business Excellence Institute Award. This award will go the project with the greatest potential to impact organizations and/or industries.
The winner(s) of the SciFest National Final 2021 will be presented with a trophy and will represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) 2022 in the USA.
SciFest award winners competed in the Hong Kong Global Youth Science and Technology Bowl (GYSTB) for the first time in 2020, winning a number of top awards. SciFest students will again compete in GYSTB 2021.
For more information on SciFest visit www.scifest.ie.