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Competitions, Awards and Challenges

Its not all about winning but If you're not in, you can't win! As a nation, we are extremely lucky with the number of competitions and awards available to students. Have a look through the below details of competitions open to schools. Advise your students to enter competitions as an extra-curricular activity or integrate the competition/awards into your scheme of work.

- Space Week

Closing date: 10th October 

To celebrate Space Week 2019, Space Week Ireland have three telescopes up for grabs from their partners at Ktec! Each winner will also receive a Space Week commemoration signed by NASA Astronaut Dan Tani! To be in with a chance to win one for your school, all you have to do is host a Space Week event, and register it.

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- ReelLIFE Science

 Closing Date: 18th October 2019

The ReelLIFE SCIENCE video competition encourages young people in primary and secondary schools to engage with STEM, while developing their creativity and communication skills. Videos can be up to three minutes in length, and can be made on smartphones, tablets or cameras. The best videos will win €1000 for their school and be screened at the Galway Science and Technology Festival.

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- One Good Idea


Closing Date for Campaign Proposal: 18th October 2019                  

This annual SEAI school competition is open to primary and post primary schools. Every year students are asked to come up with One Good Idea that will save energy/help tackle climate change/inspire lifestyle changes in the people around them. Students' campaign should show people in your community how your One Good Idea can make a difference to them, their pocket and our planet.

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- World Food Day

Closing date: 8th November 2019   

FAO is calling on children and teens all over the world, from age 5 to 19, to use their imagination and create a poster that illustrates their idea of what needs to be done to make healthy diets available for everyone and how each of us can improve our diets. Young minds will be inspired by our World Food Day Activity Book that shows why healthy eating matters and how everyone can come together and take action to achieve better nutrition and #ZeroHunger.Take a photo or scan your poster and submit your entry by filling out the form on our World Food Day website.

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- The Book of Kells


Registration is now OPEN                          Closing Date: 30th October 2019

Trinity College Dublin is calling on the nation to get creative this autumn and be inspired by one of Ireland’s greatest cultural treasures, the Book of Kells. Get your pens and paint brushes out, and write a poem, short story or create a drawing or painting based on the images from the world’s most famous medieval manuscript. Judges will be looking for modern and innovative interpretations of the Book of Kells from participants.Theme: Irish Culture and the Book of Kells

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- Goal

 Submission by: 6th December 2019

GOAL are running an award we have named the ‘GOAL Changemakers Award’. Our goal with this award is to educate primary classes between 3rd – 6th about the UN’s Global Goals. By educating youth about the Global Goals we also hope to empower them to take action to contribute to the fulfilment of some of Ireland’s targets Global Goal targets.

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Registration is now OPEN   Project Submission Deadline: 13th December 2019   

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. The programme is open to any group of young people in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from 10-18 years of age.

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Deadline: Midnight Tuesday 21st January 2020 

INSPA is a national children’s photography competition which is open to all primary schools located in the Republic of Ireland. The awards aim to encourage primary schools to engage with both digital technology and the creative process to create striking visual images. This year’s theme is titled ‘Second Life’ which asks both teachers and their students to integrate the camera into the school-day, allowing their students explore their classrooms, corridors and schoolyards. All entries will be judged by a national panel and awards are offering a range of fantastic prizes for finalists, winners and their schools.

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- Trócaire

Competition 2020 Announcement Coming Soon

Trócaire Game Changers competition is for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this! Games submitted must explore a Development Education theme, and fall under one of the following game formats: board game/card game/video game. Entries are open to senior primary, post-primary, and youth groups.

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- SID Awards


Safer Internet Day: 11th February 2020            Competition 2020 Announcement Coming Soon      

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. Keep an eye on the Webwise website for information about their 2020 Safer Internet Day competition.

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