Young scientists at Roscommon Community College will have the opportunity to compete in a major competition to be hosted by the School of Science in AIT.
SciFest is a one-day science fair open to all second level students, which includes a competition and exhibition of projects, a selection of science talks and a prize-giving ceremony. SciFest aims to encourage a love of science through an investigative approach to learning and to provide an opportunity for students to display their scientific discoveries.
Significant prizes will be awarded to successful candidates and the exhibition day will also be marked by some keynote speakers. Projects may encompass physical sciences, life sciences and technology. Students will have the opportunity to compete for a number of awards including: Intel Best Project Award, Abbott Runner-up Best Project Award, BT Best Communicator Award and the Discover Sensors Award. This year, there are two new award categories: global citizenship and sustainability, and Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Award.
This is the eight year for AIT to host a SciFest event. The event is jointly funded by Intel and Discover Science and Engineering and is supported by a number of other partners. The project thus creates a valuable link between the second and third level education sectors and between education and industry.
Roscommon Community College submitted eight projects this year into Scifest 2016 hosted by Athlone Institute of Tech. Seven projects were entered into the Junior Categories with one submission in the Senior Category, with a total of eighteen RCC Science students participating. The selected projects posed serious questions within the world of science. A great day was had by all students who attended. The students relished the opportunity to demonstrate their considerable knowledge. They engaged the judges with their findings and utilised their considerable communicating skills to enthral them with their research process and their findings.
A great wave of excitement came over the group when to our great delight success was announced in the Junior Life Sciences category where our second year student Michael Lough was awarded with second place in the individual awards. Thanks to Dr. Commins and Dr. Shea for all of their hard work with the students over the last number of months.