Secondary school students from across Donegal took part in a STEM project exhibition in Atlantic Technological University Donegal, Letterkenny on Wednesday 18th of May, as part of the 2022 SciFest Competition.
The event was coordinated by the ATU Faculty of Engineering and Technology with 104 students from across Donegal in attendance. The students displayed over 50 projects along the ATU main concourse on the day, covering a wide variety of interesting topics.
The SciFest Best Project Winner was awarded to Hughie McShane, of Ms Donna Furey’s class in Abbey Vocational School, Donegal town, for his project titled, ‘An app to improve writing in children with dysgraphia’. Best Project Runner-Up was also from Ms Furey’s class, which was won by Micheál Deely and CJ Burke with their project called, ‘A dyslexia lamp with a difference’.
The Best Project award winners from the SciFest@College 2022 regional STEM fairs will participate in the National Final competition, which takes place in November in Dublin. Participants in the national final will compete for the SciFest STEM Champion 2022 Award. This consists of a trophy and an all-expenses-paid trip for the winning student(s) and their mentor to represent Ireland at the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair in Dallas, Texas in May 2023.
Dr Gertie Taggart, Head of Faculty of Engineering and Technology said: “The Faculty of Engineering and Technology was delighted to host the first face-to-face SciFest competition in ATU Donegal since 2019. Every year I am so impressed by the high standard of projects displayed.”
Presenters of the SciFest awards included George Porter, CFO of SciFest, and Emma Horgan, Research and Development Engineer at Boston Scientific. The ATU Awards were presented by Billy Bennett, VP for Academic Affairs and Registrar of ATU Donegal.
SciFest is an all-island competition where second-level students showcase their science, technology, engineering, and maths projects at a series of one day science fairs held in 16 Higher Education Institutes across Ireland. The SciFest science fairs programme offers an innovative way to expose students to, and enhance their understanding, of STEM projects.
SciFest@College affords students the opportunity to visit a third-level college, view the facilities, and get information on the various STEM courses available. The event is regionally based and is open to all secondary schools in the region with free entry, meaning that SciFest is both accessible and inclusive.