Leitrim students at IT Sligo SciFest 2017

Leitrim Observer Reporter


Leitrim Observer Reporter

There were some major achievements for secondary school students from Leitrim at IT Sligo SciFest 2017 which took place on Tuesday, May 9 at the Institute’s Knocknarea Arena.

Students from Lough Allen College, Drumkeerin, Drumshanbo Vocational School and St Clare's Comprehensive, Manorhamilton submitted projects.

SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second-level students. SciFest is funded primarily by Science Foundation Ireland, Boston Scientific, Intel and Abbott. This year’s regional event at IT Sligo attracted a record 361 students from counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon.

Commenting on the SciFest@ITSligo fair, Sheila Porter, SciFest CEO said, “This year we are celebrating 10 years of SciFest science fairs. In that time, the number of students participating has increased five-fold and they have produced an amazing range of subjects across the STEM disciplines. SciFest gives students an excellent opportunity to develop their interest in STEM and inquiry-based approaches to learning, while developing their creative and problem-solving skills and learning to work in a team.”