Senator Kieran O’Donnell launches SciFest

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Professor Vincent Cunnane President of LIT and Kieran O' Donnell with students

Senator Kieran O’Donnell launched this year’s SciFest Exhibition in LIT last Thursday morning.

This is the 11th Year of SciFest in LIT. Participation in SciFest helps secondary school students to develop an interest in, and enthusiasm for STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths). 240 students from 21 schools from Limerick and the Mid-West region took part in the Exhibition.

“I was delighted to be asked to launch the SciFest Exhibition in LIT and to see first-hand the exceptionally innovative STEM projects on display by secondary school students from Limerick & the region.

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“Government policy is targeting Ireland to be the European leader in STEM by 2026. This will be key to our continued jobs and sustainable economic growth. Central to the strategy is the teaching of STEM subjects for Leaving Certificate. Two of the targets here is to increase the overall study of chemistry and physics for leaving certificate by 20% and the number of females taking these subjects for leaving certificates by 40%.

“It was very encouraging that a large number of the students participating in SciFest at LIT were female.

“Furthermore, I very much welcome the LIT initiative to provide free Leaving Certificates revision  seminars in the STEM related subjects of Chemistry and Maths.

“I wish to complement the co-ordinator of [email protected], Marie Walsh and her team on hosting this great science exhibition.” Senator O’Donnell concluded.

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