Note. Information on this page relates to SciFest@School STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) fairs only, that is, in-house STEM fairs hosted by the schools themselves. For information on SciFest@College fairs, which are regional fairs for second-level students hosted by third level colleges, please follow this //scifest.ie/Page/SciFest@College-Information-for-Teachers/3624/Index.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 123, 255); background-color: transparent;">link.
SciFest@School and COVID-19
What is SciFest@School?>
SciFest@School is where a second-level school hosts their own in-house SciFest STEM fair. When schools closed in March last year 108 SciFest@School STEM fairs were registered for the school year 2019/2020. A list of the fairs may be viewed //scifest.ie/Page/SciFest@School-Fairs-201920/9148/Index.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 123, 255); background-color: transparent;">here. Resource materials to support the organisation of a SciFest@School fair are available in the //scifest.ie/Page/Scifest@School-Resources/3685/Index.html" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 123, 255); background-color: transparent;">resources section of this website. In addition to the resource materials support from SciFest is also available in the form of advice on the organisation of a SciFest@School STEM fair, a teacher's pack, certificates for participating students, a number of prizes for winning projects, 'freebies' and support on the day of the event - contact us for details.
When Should I Hold My SciFest@School?>
SciFest@School STEM fairs can be held at any time during the school year. However, you should hold your fair before 11 March if you wish to use your SciFest@School fair to select projects to go forward to SciFest@College 2022. While participating in a SciFest@School fair is good preparation for participating in a SciFest@College fair it is not a requirement; students may enter a SciFest@College fair directly without having participated in a SciFest@School fair.
SciFest@School and the CBAs
Students who have developed a SciFest project should have little difficulty in completing an Extended Experimental Investigation - CBA 1. The skills acquired in preparing a project for a SciFest@School fair are also those assessed in the CBA. Conversely, an Extended Experimental Investigation prepared for a CBA could, with additional work, be subsequently further expanded and developed into a project suitable for exhibiting at a SciFest@School fair.
Researching, developing and presenting a SciFest project can constitute an ideal module for a Transition Year programme - see Science by Inquiry Transition Year Module here.
SciFest@School and Gaisce - The President's Award
SciFest is a Gaisce Challenge Partner. Students participating in a SciFest STEM fair can use their participation as the Personal Skill element of their Gaisce Award. Those involved in organising SciFest events can use their activities to meet the Community Involvement element of their Gaisce Award. Please click here for further details.
Please SciFest@School Registration Form_2020_2021.xlsx" href="https://scifest.ie/Content/2021/8/zl94-1._SciFestSchool_Registration_Form_2021_2022.xlsx" target="_blank" rel="noopener" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 123, 255); background-color: transparent;">click here to download a copy of the SciFest@School registration form. Tá leagan Gaeilge den foirm seo ar fáil anseo. For details of how we use your data please view our privacy notice.
Please click here to download a copy of the SciFest@School Guidelines. It is important that teachers familiarise themselves with the guidelines when organising a SciFest@School event. Tá leagan Gaeilge den doiciméad seo ar fáil anseo.