IT, Tralee to host SciFest 2010

Scifest 2010 SciFest a one-day festival of science will be held at the Institute of Technology, Tralee on Wednesday 12th May, 2010. Scifest is a regional Young Scientist Competition and is open to all second level students.

SciFest is jointly funded by Intel and Discover Science and Engineering nationally.

The SciFest fair will include:

  • A competition
  • An exhibition of projects
  • A selection of science talks
  • Science demonstrations in colleges' laboratories
  • 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. Learn more about SciFest at IT, Tralee

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For further information contact:
Dr. Joseph Walsh
School of Engineering
Email: Joseph.Walsh@staff.ittralee.ie
Phone: +353 (0)66 7144215

Dairymaster is a Platinum Sponsor of Scifest 2010 at IT, Tralee.
Dairymaster


Announcement of SciFest 2010 Programme
at the Institute of Technology Tralee, May 12th, 2010


Over 250 secondary students from across the county will attend SciFest 2010 at the Institute of Technology Tralee next week on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010. The one-day festival of science sponsored by Dairymaster promises to be a spectacular showcase of science exhibitions, demonstrations, a selection of science talks, with the day culminating in a prize giving ceremony.

The SciFest 2010 keynote address entitled 'Compassion, Innovation and Adversity - How Human Hardship can Inspire Technological Ingenuity' will be presented by Dr Gary McDarby, PhD CEng, who has a background in Biomedical Engineering & Neuroscience and is based in the Complex Adaptive Systems Laboratory in UCD. Scifest 2010 will also host demonstrations including: Super Furry Animals; Energy Extravaganza; Robotics demo, Physics, Biology & Electronics demonstrations.

A total of thirty two projects have been selected to exhibit at SciFest 2010, the projects range from Physical Sciences, Technology and Life Sciences. Individual and group projects will compete for over fifteen prizes in the competition, including the Best School Prize; Best Life Science Prizes; Best Physical Science Prizes and Best Technology Prizes all sponsored by Dairymaster. Other awards presented at the ceremony will include the Best Communicator Award; Discover Sensors Awards and the Overall Best Project Winner.

Dr. Edmond Harty, Technical Director of Dairymaster, commented ⿿Dairymaster are proud to sponsor Scifest 2010, encouraging our school children to have a love of science and to have an analytical approach will help build the industry leaders of tomorrow.⿝

Dr. Michael Hall, Acting Head of Department, Health & Leisure Studies/Medical Commencement Programmes, Institute of Technology Tralee stated ⿿Kerry has had a long history of scientific endeavour, and there is currently a great deal of interest in science and technology in our schools. Everything we experience in our daily life (mobile phones, make-up, probiotics, technical clothing, etc, etc) benefited from a scientific approach in its development and eventual arrival onto the market. Who knows what exhibits we'll see in SciFest 2010 might give rise to the next revolution in our lives.⿝

SciFest is a national festival of science organised regionally in collaboration with the Institutes of Technology and is open to all second level students. 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. Partners of SciFest 2010 include Intel; Discover Science & Engineering; BT; Dairymaster and Abbott Ireland. Dairymaster is a Platinum Sponsor of Scifest 2010 at the Institute of Technology Tralee.