MORE than 300 students from 32 schools in Cork city and county were pushing the limits of science at CIT on Friday.
Secondary school students explored a huge range of topics at the annual event, looking at the impact of sporting activity on intelligence and examining the awareness and importance of portion sizes.
In all, some 145 projects were showcased by 330 students at the event, which was opened by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Des Cahill.
SciFest is primarily funded by Science Foundation Ireland, Intel and Boston Scientific, with winners going on to participate in the national final of the competition in Dublin in November.
Dr Hugh McGlynn, head of the school of science and informatics at CIT, described the projects as 'impressive, engaging and thought-provoking.'
"Secondary school students from across the region are demonstrating their passion for science, technology, engineering and maths, which is clearly evident from the high standard of research that has gone into the entries this year," he said.
"SciFest is a competition that aims to encourage students to develop an interest in STEM, which prioritises inclusivity and inquiry-based learning. We are proud to support such a valuable programme."
Shiela Porter, CEO of SciFest, confirmed that a record number of young people took part in this year's event, with more than 8,000 students exhibiting projects at local and regional science fairs all over Ireland.