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School Competitions

Below are details of competitions open to schools in the
2015/2016 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 runing a competition for primary or secondary school kids, you can add details of the competition for free using this button.

Doodle 4 Google
Children all over Ireland are being asked to get doodling for Google’s annual Doodle 4 Google competition. The theme has yet to be announced. Students are encouraged to create a doodle around the Google logo based on the theme. For the first time the winning student will receive a scholarship of €5,000 to go towards their college studies. The winning students' school will win a €10.000 technology grant. The five category winners & teachers will also receive Chromebooks.
End: 01/10/2016
BT Young Scientist
Young Scientist
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition takes place from Wednesday 6th to Saturday 9th January 2016. Please note that a detailed 'One Page Proposal' outlining your project idea, together with completed entry forms and fees, must be submitted by Tuesday 29th September 2015. View the Entry Details document here
Closing date: 29/09/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 1800 924 362

Primary Science Fair
RDS Primary Science Fair - Calling for Entries! As the new school term begins the RDS is delighted to call for entries for the 2016 RDS Primary Science Fair! 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, by Oct 6th, for a stand via the online form before the closing date NEW 2016: You can choose between the RDS or Limerick!
Closing date: 06/10/2015 School Level: Open to 4th, 5th and 6th class (ROI) and Key Stage 2 (NI)
Phone: 01 240 7990
Home Cook Hero Awards
Home Cook Hero Awards
It's a fun national cookery competition which is open to everyday people of all ages who love to cook everday recipes. We want to show the world that you don't have to have a fancy recipe to make something tasty.
Closing date: 30/09/2015
Primary and secondary school students from all over Ireland have been challenged by NUI Galway to compete in a new science communication competition. Students are invited to make entertaining and educational short videos on a range of science topics for ReelLIFE SCIENCE. With over €3000 in prizes, the makers of the best video at primary and secondary school level will each receive €1000, to be spent on promoting science in the winning school. Second and third-placed entries at each level will receive €300 and €200, respectively.
Closing date: 09/11/2015
One Good Idea Project
One Good Idea
The One Good Idea project allows groups of students to work in teams to research, design and implement a campaign to promote energy efficiency and improve climate change awareness to one of three target audiences: their peers, adults and the wider community or primary school children. Students can use events, drama, art, music, film, photography or writing to bring their idea to life . Proposal submissions by 01/09/2015
Closing date: 31/05/2016 School Level: Primary & Secondary
Phone: 01 522 4830
c/o Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane Dublin
SciFest 2016
SciFest 2016
Students across the country are encouraged to enter SciFest 2016 and put their knowledge of science to the test. Now in its ninth year as a national project, SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science competition where second-level students showcase science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects at a series of one day science fairs held regionally in the 14  Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional science fair go on to compete at a national final in November..
Closing date: 11/03/2016
Phone: 01 2605000
Writing Competition
Scene by Scene
Scene by Scene are now accepting entries for our debut Voices Writing Competition 2016! The competition is open to all secondary school students in Ireland. Entrants are free to write in any genre and on any topic they choose. Ten winners will be published in VOICES 2016 Anthology. Top Junior and Senior categories will also each win a €50 National Book Token. Have fun and get writing!
Closing date: 30/11/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 085 442 8433
11 Millfield, Enniskerry Wicklow
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 8-14 in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland. Check out our Facebook and Twitter.
Phone: 01 8832185
Global Action Plan, AXIS Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Awards
Open to primary school students of all ages, thousands of children are expected to enter the competition this year featuring the new theme“Imagine 2030”. A lot can change in 15 years so Sighstavers are inviting primary school students to be inspired and create an artwork that shows how they want the world they live in to look in the year 2030. Student artists have a chance to win appropriately arty prizes not just for themselves but for their classmates too, and substantial cash prizes of €200, €300 and €1,000 for their schools with thanks to the Irish Times. 
Closing date: 27/11/2015
Win a Picnic Table for your School
AJ Products Picnic Table Competition
AJ Products, a lead mail order company for office furniture, materials, handling and storage solutions has teamed up with to give you the chance to win a classic picnic table for your school to seat up to six people worth €299! The bench folds up to stop rain collecting on the seat when not in use, perfect in this Irish weather! The competition is open to parents and schools to enter on behalf of their school 
Closing date: 07/10/2015 Enter this great competition here

Insight Consultants
Primary School Essay Competition to promote positiive attitudes among children of different abilities. Get Creative! "Someone Like Me" - students to write a 200 word essay, film a 5 minute video or record a 5 minuted audio clip. Each school to choose one winning entry to submit to the competition. Lessons plans available to download. Each winning student, at both county and national level, will receive vouchers for arts materials in the form of books, audio or video.  The overall national winner’s school will also receive computer, audio and video equipment. 
Closing date: 23/10/2015 School Level: Primary

I'm an Engineer
I’m an Engineer is a free online X-Factor style competition for engineers, where students are the judges! For two weeks, students all over Ireland will be able to ask questions to, and take part in live text-based chats with real engineers. Students then vote for their favourite engineer to win €500 to spend on further STEM engagement. Students see that engineers are normal people while being introduced the wide range of careers within engineering; it’s not about spanners & hard hats. Teachers apply now to get your students talking to engineers.
Start: 10/11/2015 End: 21/11/2015
Phone: +441225 326892

I'm a Scientist
I’m a Scientist is a free online X-Factor style competition for scientists, where students are the judges! For two weeks, students all over Ireland will be able to ask questions to, and take part in live text-based chats with real scientists. Students then vote for their favourite scientist to win €500 to spend on further public engagement. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn how science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science. Teachers apply now to get your students talking to real scientists!
Start: 10/11/2015 End: 21/11/2015
Phone: +441225 326892