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‘Last year’s SciFest at school was a great success. All first years participated. Each teacher with a first year class coordinated the projects of their own stu- dents. Both teachers and students found the experience very rewarding. Many of these students have expressed a wish to become involved again this year. Some of the judges were from the local community one of whom was an engi- neer and another a technology teacher. They also enjoyed the experience say- ing they felt that SciFest@School was an excellent initiative to increase inter- est in STEM careers. ‘

Dr Katie Corbett, SciFest Coordinator, Skerries community College, Co. Dublin SCIFEST STEM FAIRS TOOLKIT

The aim of the SciFest website is not only to keep you , the teacher, and your students up to date with what is happening on the SciFest scene but also to act as a valuable resource. There are lots of downloadable materials (SciFest STEM Fair Toolkit) which include the following

 A ‘Beginners Guide’ module suitable for Junior Category projects  ‘A Science by Inquiry’ module suitable for Transition Year  Project Ideas  Start small—10 steps to a successful SciFest@School  Choosing an idea and getting started  Impressing the judges  Tips for exhibiting at SciFest  Report book and presentation  Sample rubrics  SciFest@College—Teacher and Student Guidelines  Student activities—crosswords, etc.  PowerPoint presentations

The SciFest website is also linked to the SciFest YouTube channel, SciFest Facebook, Twitter and Flickr.

It is important to check the website regularly for updates. As the date of each SciFest@College becomes available it will be posted on the website.

‘Judging at SciFest enabled us to see how valuable such activities are to both the students and staff alike. On viewing the various projects it was evident how enthusiastic and creative the students were about the task. We felt this creative- ness and willingness to explore science should be nurtured in contemporary science classes. ’

By Laura Shiels and Lisa Griffin, SciFest@School Judges, March 2016 7


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