Scifest Launches With Calls for Entries for the 2024 Competition

SciFest, Ireland’s largest and most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students has announced its return for the 19th consecutive year. The competition attracts 12,000 student participants annually and organisers have kicked off the 2024 competition with a call for entrants to the SciFest regional fairs around the country.

Attending a launch event at Oatlands College, Mount Merrion, County Dublin today, students from the college and from St Raphaela’s Secondary School displayed some of their innovative SciFest projects.

SciFest is free to enter and open to everyone across the island of Ireland, no matter their background or circumstances. The goal of SciFest is to help students develop research, problem solving, critical thinking, and presentation skills while fostering an interest in STEM fields. Project entries will be accepted across a range of scientific disciplines.

Winners from each regional SciFest STEM fair will go on to compete at the National Final in November 2024. The winner(s) of the SciFest National Final 2024 will be presented with a trophy and the opportunity to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Columbus, Ohio next year.

Speaking at the launch of SciFest 2024 at Oatlands College in Dublin, Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO said: “We are thrilled to announce the return of SciFest for its 19th consecutive year, marking nearly two decades of fostering innovation and passion for STEM among Irish students. Our aim is not just to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators but to equip them with the critical skills needed in research, problem-solving, and communication.

We welcome entries from a wide array of scientific disciplines, encouraging students to explore their interests and curiosity in the sciences. We are not just celebrating science; we are preparing our students to be global leaders in innovation. We look forward to seeing the creative and impactful projects our students will bring to the 2024 competition.”

Dr Avril Gaynor, Oatlands College. said: “We are immensely proud to be launching SciFest 2024 at Oatlands College this morning. The competition continues to play a crucial role in STEM education by offering a unique platform for students to showcase their talents, creativity, and passion for the subjects. By participating in SciFest, our students are not only preparing themselves for future careers in STEM but are also contributing to Ireland’s reputation as a hub of innovation and research excellence on the international stage.”

Students wishing to participate should log on to the SciFest website and enter online. Completed entry forms for SciFest 2024 must be submitted by Friday 8 March 2024.