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SciFest 2019

Thu 21st Feb 2019

SciFest Result 26/2/19

Many thanks to the judges, Sheila Porter CEO Scifest, Dr Brian Murray, Tallaght University of Dublin, Parents Jacquie Lyons, Gail Peard and Elaine Clarke, and Daire Lambert.

This year's standard was excellent with plenty of original ideas and enthusiasm. This was our first time in 9 years having to choose a joint first prize, such was the standard of the winners.


Joint First: Luka Lynch "The effects of obesity on the immune system"

Joint First: Anna Doyle and Ellie McCormack " How much bacteria is actually on your toothbrush"

2nd: James Landale, Indigo Doolin and Mia Bradvica " Are plants colour sensitive"

3rd: Liam Dagg and Conor Keto Doyle " How badly do fizzy drinks affect your teeth"

Environmental Prize: Isabella Moody and Evie Eustace "Can the exterior colour of your home influence the heat absorbed or reflected"

Highly Commended:

  • Fergal O'Dwyer "Parachutes"
  • Lucy O'Connor " Does the sugar content in cereal affect the popularity"
  • Rameen Jafri " Does music effect our blood pressure and heart rate"
  • Melvin Manoj, Kenneth Kuruvilla and Tommy Kennedy " Magnetic train experiment"
  • Ruby Lyons and Orla Tucker " Does light affect the rate at which food spoils"

What is Scifest

SciFest is a series of one day science fairs held in secondary schools around Ireland. Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO added: “Since SciFest@School was launched nationwide in 2011 it has gone from strength to strength. I am continually amazed by the passion and dedication demonstrated by the students. SciFest@School is a celebration of STEM subjects. It encourages students to push the boundaries of the classroom, use their knowledge of science, investigate and be creative in their projects. The achievement of these students is an inspiration to us all and is a tribute to them and to the hard work and support of their teachers.”

Who participates?

All Form 1 students must form teams and enter a project and  Form 2 students are eligible if they want to participate again.

Commenting on the success of the science fair over the years, Science teacher, Ciaran O'Connor said 'we are delighted to host SciFest@School in our school because the SciFest competition allows students to develop their study of science, technology, engineering and maths, outside of the classroom and apply it to everyday life. Every year the students the work very hard on their projects and should be very proud of their achievements, many reaching the next stage stage of the competition to win additional prizes.

Winners from these fairs go on to compete in a national final each November in Dublin for the chance to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in the USA.

  • Scifest 2019 at The King's Hospital School