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Loreto Secondary School, Navan wins SciFest at ITB

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05/05/2016 16:42:16

 

As one of the 15 regional venues hosting a SciFest science fair, SciFest at ITB saw more than 180 students from schools all over Dublin exhibit over 90 projects and put their knowledge of science to the test.
Of the over 90 projects exhibited at SciFest at ITB 2016, the top prize on the day went to Katie Byrne from Loreto Secondary School, Navan for their project, "Can we improve the protective properties of camogie and hurling gloves?".

 

 

According to Aideen Hodgins SciFest coordinator at ITB, she feels the competition provides an excellent opportunity for post-primary students to see the world of science, engineering and maths from a different prospective.
"Witnessing the innovative projects and experiments and chatting to students about their work is what the day is all about. This year the standard is again very high with previous winners have gone on the further accolades including winning the BT Young Scientist. Looking at this year's projects and experiencing the enthusiasm of the students I believe that Scifest at ITB will go from strength to strength." said Aideen

 

 

SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific.
Commenting on the SciFest at ITB finals, Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said: "2015 was a hugely successful year for SciFest with a record number of students taking part. In total 7,200 students exhibited their projects in local science fairs across the country. This year we intend to build on that success and have another record year. SciFest gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their interest in STEM and inquiry-based approaches to learning, while developing their creative and problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team."

 

 

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ITB is located in Blanchardstown, a growing suburb of Dublin. Our modern 56 acre campus is situated in one of the key industrial, commercial, retail and pharmaceutical hubs in Ireland. With its state of the art facilities and recent 1 million euro investment in our Food Production and Urban Horticulture facility, ITB has been pursuing its mission of making education accessible to a diversity of learners since 1999. Our focus is on a relevant, vibrant curriculum, innovative teaching and excellent student supports.
Since it was established, ITB has been firmly embedded within its Community. ITB offers a range of practice-based, career-focused programmes to over 3000 learners through our full-time, part-time and online programmes.

About SciFest
SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. It involves second-level students showcasing science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects at a series of one day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary's College, Derry. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific. The winners from each regional science fair go on to compete at a national final in November 2016.

About Science Foundation Ireland
Science Foundation Ireland funds oriented basic and applied research in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) which promotes and assists the development and competitiveness of industry, enterprise and employment in Ireland. The Foundation also promotes and supports the study of, education in and engagement with, STEM and promotes an awareness and understanding of the value of STEM to society and in particular to the growth of the economy.

SciFest ITB Winner 2016

 

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