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Intel Mini Scientist Competition

About the Intel® Mini Scientist Competition

The Intel® Mini Scientist is a competition for Primary school students in which they develop science related projects that are exhibited at fairs within their own schools. Winning projects selected at this school level exhibition then go on to take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Final event with the possibility of continuing on to the Grand Final event. The competition, which is open to 4th, 5th, and 6th class students, supports the Primary Science curriculum and is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the area of science.

In 2019, over 7,200 students participated in Mini Scientist from 18 different counties with a total of 105 different schools taking part. We are excited to share that the Intel Mini Scientist will return this year with a revised format! Students from 4th, 5th and 6th class will be invited to create science projects and submit their project, via a workbook, to a virtual judging process. The projects will be reviewed by a panel of judges, which will include Intel employees, and a number of winners will be selected. The winning projects will be invited to participate in a virtual awards ceremony later this year where the overall grand prize will be awarded. The grand prize includes €1000 for the school of the winning project. The competition kicks off in September 2021.

 

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Guidelines

  1. The projects are to be completed either in teams (with a maximum of four students) or alternatively projects can be completed by individuals.
  2. The competition is open to 4th, 5th, and 6th class students.
  3. Students whose projects involve studies of live animals must ensure that such studies are carried out in conformity with the statutory regulations. Copies of the regulations are available from the Department of Health and Children, Hawkins House, Dublin 2.
  4. Agar plates containing micro-organisms cannot be used.
  5.  Each projects is required to have a project book. Any visual elements that support the project can be incorporated into this project book.
  6. Project book guidelines - Will be provided to schools in September 2021.
  7. Project Book Cover - Will be provided to schools in September 2021.

Competition Aims

 

The Intel® Mini Scientist is a competition for Primary school students in which they develop science related projects that are exhibited at fairs within their own schools. Winning projects selected at this school level exhibition then go on to take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Final event with the possibility of continuing on to the Grand Final event. The competition, which is open to 4th, 5th, and 6th class students, supports the Primary Science curriculum and is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the area of science.

We are excited to share that the Intel Mini Scientist will return this year with a revised format! Students from 4th, 5th and 6th class will be invited to create science projects, via a workbook, with each school getting to select a winning project that will go forward to a virtual judging process. The selected projects will be reviewed by a panel of judges, which will include Intel employees, and a number of winners will be selected. The winning projects will be invited to participate in a virtual awards ceremony later this year where the overall grand prize will be awarded. The grand prize includes €1000 for the school of the winning project. The competition kicks off in September 2021.

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Intel Mini Scientist program was revised to be delivered in an online format. Intel teamed up with Phil “The Scientist” from RTÉ’s Home School Hub to create a series of science related videos, which are accompanied by activity packs including detailed lesson plans and worksheets for students.

All material is curriculum linked and focused on the following topics; Energy & Forces, Materials, Living Things, and Environmental Awareness & Care. The videos and related materials can be found below. All of the experiments covered in the videos have appropriate access points to cater for all student levels. Schools can engage in the content at their own pace and introduce each topic at a time of their choosing.

These resources are a great way to introduce science into the classroom and may be helpful to you as a starting point on your Mini Scientist journey.

Would you like to take part in the 2021 Intel Mini Scientist?

If you would like to register for this years Mini Scientist Competition, PLEASE CLICK HERE

 

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