SciFest calls for entries for its 2023 competition

Climate action the theme of this year’s STEM fair
Minister for Education Norma Foley with Sheila Porter, SciFest Founder and CEO and a student from Clogher Road Community College. Pic. Keith Arkins

1 February 2023

SciFest, Ireland’s largest and most inclusive STEM fair programme for second-level students has announced its return for the 18th consecutive year, with this year’s competition theme to focus on climate action.

The competition attracts 10,000 student participants annually and organisers have kicked off the 2023 competition with a call for entrants to regional fairs around the country. Since launching in 2008, more than 90,000 students have participated in the competition.

EirGrid is joining SciFest as a project partner, joining long-time partners Intel and Boston Scientific. EirGrid has been a gold sponsor at the school level for the past year. As part of the extended partnership, they will sponsor a new award, the ‘Climate and Delivering Cleaner Energy Future’ award at this year’s regional fairs and at the SciFest National Final.




In SciFest, second-level students showcase STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally at venues in the Technological Universities, Dundalk Institute of Technology, DCU and St Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional STEM fair will go on to compete at the National Final in November 2023. The winner(s) of the SciFest National Final 2023 will be presented with a trophy and will represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles, California next year.

Last year’s overall National Final winners were Liam Waldron, Rachel Griffin and Luke O’Sullivan, sixth-year students from Killarney Community College, for their Group Theoretic Approach to Pythagoras’ Theorem. The team will go on to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, Texas in May.

“SciFest has now been running for 17 years and 2023 will mark our 18th year of the competition,” said Sheila Porter, SciFest founder and CEO. “The growth of SciFest is reflected in the establishment of our project partnership with EirGrid, who have already shown steadfast support to the competition over the past year at local level. I am delighted to announce climate action as the theme of this year’s competition. We greatly look forward to seeing students’ innovative solutions, from across a range of STEM fields, which we know will play an important role in helping us address many of the challenges facing society.”

Completed entry forms for SciFest 2023 must be submitted by 10 March.

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