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  • Northside East

Skerries student wins SciFest

Saturday, 24th November, 2018 1:00pm
Skerries student wins SciFest

Adam Kelly, from Skerries Community College, overall winner of SciFest 2018.

Skerries student wins SciFest

Adam Kelly, from Skerries Community College, overall winner of SciFest 2018.

A NORTHSIDE teen has been named overall winner of SciFest 2018.

Adam Kelly, a fifth year student at Skerries Community College, won the prestigious prize for his project which focused on quantum computing.

Adam will now go on to represent Ireland at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Phoenix, Arizona next year. 

SciFest is an all-island STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) initiative which fosters active, collaborative and inquiry-based learning among second level students. 

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton attended the final in the Marino Conference Centre.

“Competitions such as SciFest are so important,” said Minister Bruton. 

“They spark curiosity in our young people and awaken a passion for the STEM subjects by showing their application in the real world. 

“I have been so impressed by the dedication, innovativeness and creativity shown in this year’s projects.”

Sheila Porter, SciFest founder and chief executive, said: “It is fantastic to see the level of talent, enthusiasm and determination on display from the students. 

“SciFest gives students of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to develop their research, problem solving, critical thinking and presentation skills. 

“We take pride in creating the biggest, most inclusive student science event possible.”

Margie McCarthy, Interim Director, Innovation and Education Directorate, Science Foundation Ireland, said SciFest is a fantastic opportunity to introduce STEM to young people and introduce them to the world of opportunities that STEM offers in education, careers and academia. 

 SciFest continues to grow year on year with over 10,000 students participating in local and regional SciFest STEM fairs this year.

 

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