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School Competitions



Below are details of competitions open to schools in the
2016/2017 school year. We will be updating this page on a
regular basis so keep a close eye so that you don't miss any
important closing dates!

If your organisation or company is running a competition for primary or secondary school kids, you can add details of the competition for free using this button.

Water Explorer - Win Water Workshops & Prizes
Water Explorer
Water Explorer is an exciting new online initiative for schools where students can get involved in water conservation challenges, gain points and win Water Workshops and plenty of prizes such as digital cameras and more. The programme engages schools in 11 countries in understanding how water affects lives, and taking practical action to protect and save water in school communities. The programme is open to young people aged 8-15 in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland. Check out our Facebook and Twitter.
Closing date: 01/05/2017 www.waterexplorer.ie
e: waterexplorer@globalactionplan.ie
Phone: 01 8832185
Global Action Plan, AXIS Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2017
Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2017
This annual drugs education competition, primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide, aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio clip, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) Why do some young people take drugs? (b) What impact does alcohol have on relationships? The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25. By getting involved, young people can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. 
Closing date: 01/02/2017 www.drugs.ie
e: awards@drugs.ie
Phone: (01) 960 3010
City Hall, Dublin
Follow The Camino
Follow The Camino
Win a FREE trip for your class on the Camino. To enter: 1. Take a class photo with your Follow The Camino calendar 2.Email EduCamino@FollowTheCamino.com with the class photo to be uploaded to our Facebook 3.Class photo with most likes, comments and shares WINS!
followthecamino.com/educamino
e: educamino@followthecamino.com
Phone: 1 687 2144
106 Grafton Street Dublin
ICI Schools’ Chemistry Newsletter Competition
ICI Schools’ Chemistry Newsletter Competition
The annual ICI Schools' Chemistry Newsletter competition is now open to all second level students. This year’s theme is ‘The Chemistry of Climate Change’. Only individual entrants are allowed. The newsletter should consist of four A4-sized pages. Sources of information must be cited.The name and contact details of both the student and the teacher including the school name should be clearly stated. The entrants are strongly encouraged to use good quality graphics/photographs to illustrate their newsletter. An electronic Microsoft Word file should be submitted as an attachment to the email address below. Winning students will be contcted and awarded their prizes early in 2017.
Closing date: 23/12/2016 www.ista.ie
e: info@instituteofchemistry.org
Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card
Students must watch the Show Racism the Red Card DVD prior to production of work. Contact us for the DVD Education pack. After watching the DVD, participants are asked to produce written, visual or audio-visual entries on the themes of the DVD. Submit entries only after you have been registered to participate. Only submit by email. To facilitate our judging panel, written work should be no longer than 750 words. It can be in the form of a poem, essay, letter or article, while visual entries can be in the form of paintings, sculptures and photographs. Entries can also be in the form of music or film and should not be longer than 5 minutes.
Closing date: 01/03/2017 www.theredcard.ie
e: info@theredcard.ie
'Go Places with Bus Eireann' TY Competition
'Go Places with Bus Eireann' TY Competition
Bus Éireann has launched an exciting new competition for Transition Year students, ‘Go Places with Bus Éireann’. Students will be in with a chance of winning one of five regional prizes of €3,000 for their school, and one national prize of a fun filled day out for their class to a leisure park, Projects are being invited under a range of categories including ‘Safety’, ‘Technology & Communication, ‘Environment & Sustainability’, ‘Community’, and ‘Society, Culture or Sport’.   
Closing date: 05/03/2017 www.goplaceswithbe.ie
Make A Wish Schools Entrepreneurship Award
Make A Wish Schools Entrepreneurship Award
The Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards,  sponsored by Intertrust, is designed to encourage students to develop their entrepreneurial skills, build their confidence and create a greater level of social enterprise. Students can take part by developing a mini-company, running an event or taking part in a challenge; and their project can involve an individual or group effort. Entries will be sent to our panel of judges and the winners will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in Dublin in February 2017. Part of the prize will be the prestigious Kids for Wish Kids Award for the school and professional references for the students to go on their future CV’s! Entrants will be judged on creativity/entrepreneurship, marketing/communications, commerciality, and funds raised.
Closing date: 19/12/2016 www.makeawish.ie
e:  mary@makeawish.ie
Phone: 01 205 2012
All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad
All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad
The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is the problem solvers’ challenge. The national contest sees secondary school students develop their own strategies for solving complex problems in unfamiliar languages from around the globe. There are Junior (under 16) and Senior (16 and over) categories, so students can participate at any stage in their second-level studies. Both Junior and Senior Category students take the same puzzles and are marked in the same way. The overall top eight students will be invited to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad.
Closing date: 20/01/2017 School Level: Secondary adaptcentre.ie/ailo/
e: ailo@adaptcentre.ie
Phone: +353 1 700 6704
ADAPT, DCU, Dublin 9
John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2017 Competition
John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2017 Competition
The goal is to improve students' abilities to describe their environment with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life. The national competition is open to teams of 2 to 3 students, up to 18 years old (born in 1998 and younger), from any part of the island of Ireland. Teachers register the teams.
Closing date: 27/01/2017 www.cso.ie
e: johnhooper2017@cso.ie
Phone: 021 453 5504
CSO John Hooper Medal coordinator,Databank and Dissemination, Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road Cork
Student Theatre Awards
Student Theatre Awards
The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards recognise and rewards participation in the dramatic arts in schools across Ireland. In each category the top 3 schools will be shortlisted.  A number of teachers and students from all shortlisted schools will also be invited to attend a prestigious ‘Oscars’ style awards ceremony, on 17 event promises to be an unforgettable day, whichMay 2017 in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, hosted by a very special guest MC. This spectacular event aims to recognise and reward schools for their participation, talent and excellence in the dramatic arts.
Closing date: 27/01/2017 School Level: Primary (3rd-6th Class), Secondary (All) www.bordgaisenergystudenttheatreawards.ie
e: sta@bordgais.ie
Phone: 01 522 4840
Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Fumbally Lane Dublin
Apps 4 Gaps
Apps 4 Gaps
Apps4Gaps is an international competition aimed at encouraging young people to provide ideas and create applications that will provide innovative and fresh ways of exploiting the Open Data freely available from on the Internet that could benefit society in such areas as transport, housing, planning, education, communications and health. In the process, participants will increase their skills in computer programming, utilise the opportunities presented by Open Data, and be challenged in creating technologies.
Closing date: 27/01/2017 School Level: Primary, Secondary, 3rdLevel apps4gaps.ie/
e: info@apps4gaps.ie
Phone: +353 (0)21 453 5504
Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road, Mahon Cork
The Donal Walsh Foundation
The Donal Walsh Foundation
Donal Walsh's family want to continue spreading his message and that is how the live life film competition concept was born three years ago. The competition is a national one, open to all, the idea is to create a two minute clip of what living life means to people. This year’s theme is “Make Every Second Count”.  The competition culminates with an awards ceremony when the shortlisted movies are screened and the winners announced.
Closing date: 31/01/2017 School Level: Primary, Secondary, Third Level donalwalshlivelife.org
e: MaryLuceyLiveLife@gmail.com
Phone: 087 9338941
 Hare St, Blennerville, Tralee, Kerry
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition takes place from 11th to 14th January 2017, at the RDS in Dublin. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 28th of September 2016. For event updates or for more information on how to enter competition, visit the site below.
Start: 11/01/2017 End: 14/01/2017 www.btyoungscientist.com
e: youngscientist@bt.com
Phone: (ROI): 1800 924 362 (NI): 0800 917 1297
RDS Dublin
Primary Science Fair
Primary Science Fair
RDS Primary Science Fair - Calling for Entries! Entries will open for the 2017 RDS Primary Science Fair from September 7th! The Fair provides a public forum for primary schools across Ireland to showcase their class STEM projects, receive feedback from experts in the field and learn from viewing other projects at a major exhibition, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. All schools are invited to submit an expression of interest for a stand via the online form before the closing date NEW 2017: You can choose between the RDS or Limerick! (dates for the Limerick Fair will differ)
Start: 12/01/2017 End: 14/01/2017 School Level: Open to 4th, 5th and 6th class (ROI) and Key Stage 2 (NI) www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair
e: primarysciencefair@rds.ie
Phone: 01 240 7990
RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin