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Ruth Daly from Colaiste Chiarain Croom wins SciFest@LIT

Ruth to represent Mid-West at Ireland’s largest science competition

Post-primary school students from schools all over Limerick, Clare and Tipperary taking science to the next level with over 130 projects at SciFest@LIT 2017

Of the over 130 projects exhibited at SciFest@LIT 2017, the top prize on the day went to Ruth Daly from Colaiste Chiarain, Croom for her project, ‘An Investigation of the Effect of Water and Soil Toxicity on Daphnia’. Ruth will go on to represent the Mid-West at the National SciFest Final in Dublin in November.SciFest_Winner_2017.jpg

As one of the 16 regional venues hosting a SciFest science fair, SciFest@LIT saw more than 280 students from schools all over the region exhibit 131projects at Limerick Institute of Technologyand put their knowledge of science to the test. The students and their teachers were welcomed by LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane, before the fair was officially opened by Senator Kieran O’Donnell. This fair marked the tenth hosting of SciFest@LIT.

SciFest@LIT co-ordinator Marie Walsh said:

As always, the projects entered by the students in SciFest are impressive, engaging and thought-provoking. Secondary school students from across the region are demonstrating their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths, which is clearly evident from the high standard of research that has gone into the entries this year. SciFest is a competition that aims to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM, while prioritising inclusivity and inquiry-based learning. We are proud to support such a valuable programme. 

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, Boston Scientific, Intel and Abbott. SciFest@LIT has great support form local sponsors Intel Shannon, Cook Medical and Limerick Council Environment Office.


Commenting on the SciFest@LIT fair Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said:

2016 was another hugely successful year for SciFest with a record number of students taking part. In total over 8,000 students presented their projects in local and regional science fairs across the country. This year we are celebrating 10 years of SciFest science fairs. In that time the number of students participating has increased five-fold and they have produced an amazing range of subjects across the STEM disciplines. 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.

The runners-up, Thomas Curtin and Dylan Moloney from Desmond College, also received the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award for their project on ‘A Height-adjustable crutch’.

SciFest 2017 will be the third year of the prestigious Boston Scientific Medical Devices Award, which is presented at each of the 16 regional science fairs; the overall winner of this award will receive the Boston Scientific Medical Devices Trophy at the national final in November. ​​​​​​​

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