Secondary school students from schools throughout the north east are busy putting the finishing touches on almost 90 science projects in preparation for science exhibition SciFest on Wednesday, 7 May in DkIT.
Students from Colaiste Lu, Colaiste Ris, St. Vincent’s, the De La Salle and Dundalk Grammar School have all registered projects for the event and a panel of expert judges from the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will review the students’ investigations into a challenging and diverse range of topics.
After some deliberation, a number of winners in different categories will be chosen along with an overall winner, and Minister Fergus O’Dowd, TD will be on hand to present the prizes.
Participating students will have an opportunity to learn more about potential career paths in food science from guest speaker Dr. Sinead McCarthy of Teagasc; and in engineering (mechanical, electrical and environmental) from Shane Brennan of Eirgrid.
“This will be DkIT’s sixth SciFest and we are delighted to host an event that attracts so many participants from the region every year,” said Dr. Edel Healy, Head of School of Health and Science at DkIT.
“Science in the broader sense is an area with many opportunities for young people, and it’s important to encourage their interest and provide a platform to showcase their discoveries. With DkIT’s very active research and tuition in the sciences, we are proud to support SciFest and engage with students who may be our future science professionals.”
Last year 5,368 students exhibited 2,262 projects in schools and Institutes of Technology across the country.
The winners from each science fair will go on to compete at the national final in November.
Please see www.scifest.ie for further information on the event; and www.dkit.ie for more information on DkIT’s STEM programmes.