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SciFest@WIT April 29th

SciFest – Regional Science Exhibition for Second level students at Waterford IT

SciFest@WIT  is a one day science fair for second level students taking place on Wednesday April 29th in Waterford Institute of Technology. Nearly 300 students from schools in Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Carlow and Laois will be displaying their projects and competing in one of three categories – Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology.  Scifest@WIT has grown substantially this year and is now one quarter the size of the BT Young Scientist and Technology exhibition in Dublin.

 

Judges for the day are Scientists and Engineers from local industries - Teva, Bausch & Lomb, MSD, Genzyme, GSK ,  EirGen and Arkopharm and by lecturers from the schools of Science, Health Science and Engineering in WIT.

 

The national initiative, spearheaded by CEO Sheila Porter, aims to encourage a love of science, technology and maths through active, collaborative, inquiry-based learning and to provide a forum for students at local, regional and national level to present and display their scientific. Scifest@WIT is part of the national Scifest initiative in which winners from each Scifest @college compete to win the overall Scifest award and to represent Ireland at the Intel Science Fair, USA. The national SciFest programme is primarily sponsored by Science Foundation Ireland and Intel Ireland. There are a large number of prizes to be won on the day sponsored by local companies.

 

Scifest@WIT is coordinated by Calmast, the STEM Outreach centre at WIT. “This year, we are delighted that there is a big increase in numbers competing” said Sheila Donegan, Scifest@WIT Coordinator “ last year we had 85 projects, this year we have grown to 120, and the range of topics covered is diverse . “Last year’s winner here in WIT was Kyle Crotty, Gael Colaiste Port Lairge with his project investigating the use of ash as an insulator”

 

The topics covered in this year’s competition are wide and diverse from a study on the Impact of Irish Dancing on the Lower Extremities to the science of training in young GAA players, to studies on the technologies behind both 4G and 3G mobile internet and to a study on the level of fat in peoples diets.