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Southeast Students get Ready for WIT SciFest

Students in final preparations for biggest-ever Scifest

Budding young scientists from all over the Southeast will demonstrate their scientific expertise at the annual WIT SciFest this week, organised by Calmast.  The event has grown massively since the first WIT SciFest in 2008 and this year’s competition is guaranteed to be the largest and most interesting yet.

 SciFest is a one-day science fair open to all ages at second level, with different categories for different school years. Over  65 entries will be displayed by over 150 students  in the WIT on Thursday the 7th of April, all reflecting the Southeast region’s innovative approach to science.

A sample of the imaginative entries divided between the categories of life science, physical science and technology include ‘Facelessbook- the death of the Irish community’, ‘10 Coca Cola myths busted or aka fizzy-ology’, and ‘Beating Natural Selection with Nature’. There is also a strong Irish-language section this year with entries such as BALBHFISH - gleas chun focail a chuir le teanga comharthaoichta.

Entrants will compete to win the Intel Best Project Award, the Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award, the BT Best Communicator Award, and the Discover Sensors Award, among other prizes. The high standard of entries accepted means that each award given will be well deserved and local students have been invited to view the projects, in order to encourage and inspire future scientists.

SciFest events are organised at Institutes of Technology across the country and are funded by Intel Ireland and Discover Science and Engineering.

“This exhibition gives students the chance to develop their own science projects, to explore their creativity and to present their work to a high level judging panel drawn from leading science and technology companies in the Southeast and from the WIT community”, said Dr Sheila Donegan.

Calmast’s continued development of WIT SciFest is an acknowledgement of the need for a  highly skilled scientific workforce in the south- east, and contributes to the Calmast campaign for Waterford to be designated the first Irish European City of Science.

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