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School Competitions

Below are details of competitions open to schools in the
2014/2015 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.

School Entrepreneur Awards 2014 - Make A Wish Ireland
Make A Wish
Make-A-Wish ® Ireland would like to invite students to sign up to an exciting new initiative – Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards. The competition 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.
Closing date: 22/12/2014
Phone: 01 205 2012

ActionAid Ireland
Students aged 14 to 17 have been invited to take part in the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition, which is running from now until 16th January. The top six students will be invited to Dublin in March to deliver their speech in front of a panel of judges. The winning two students will travel with their teachers to Nepal to see ActionAid’s Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme first hand.
End: 16/01/2015
Phone: 01 878 7911
172 Granby Place Dublin
2015 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
The Living Rainforest
International Schools Essay Competition & Debate: The competition and debate are aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17) and their teachers in both formal and home schools. Students are invited to write an essay outlining their vision for the future of sustainability education, in English
Closing date: 23/01/2015 School Level: Primary and Secondar
Phone: +44 1635 202444
Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire Carlow

World Maps
World Maps are suppliers of the finest and most popular wall maps and have been providing maps to schools for over 15 years. World Maps are giving away THREE maps for your school. The maps up for grabs are one of Europe, the World and Ireland Political and Physical. To be in with a chance to win answer the question, fill in your details and press submit.
End: 07/12/2014
Phone: 059 8631706
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 15/12/2014
Closing date: 15/12/2014 School Level: Primary & Secondary
Phone: 01 522 4830
c/o Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane Dublin
The Pumped Schools' Video Awards
The Pumped Schools' Video Awards, now in its third year is held in partnership with the Irish Heart Foundation and the Federation of Irish Sport and seeks to encourage young people to unleash their creative juices and produce 90-second movies on a heart health theme. The competition invites participants to explore the science behind physical activity, diet and smoking, the impact of these on healt. Register by 1/12/14 - closing date 16/1/2015
Closing date: 16/01/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 0868777664
The Atrium, Blackthorn Road Dublin
“Limerick Business Thru’ The Ages”
Limerick Chamber
The competition is being run by the Limerick Chamber and sponsored by Dell as part of the organisation’s bicentennial programme and is open to students across Limerick. The competition is asking students to research a business or entrepreneur from a period of time over the last 200 years. There are two competition categories – one for Junior Cycle students and another for Senior Cycle students.  The winning school for each category will receive a Dell Venue 11 Pro Tablet. Second and third-placed entries at each category will receive a Dell Venue 8 Pro Tablet. Schools must register their interest in the competition and submit a proposal before 12 December 2014.
Closing date: 12/12/2014 School Level: Secondary
Rapid Young Inventors Competition 2014
Rapid Young Inventors
Primary schools throughout Ireland are being encouraged to take part in Rapid Online’s Young Inventors 2014 Competition in a bid to find the country’s next big inventor. They have the opportunity to win one of five LEGO Education WeDo Construction Sets for their entire classroom to enjoy and a complimentary LEGO Education WeDo Software and Activity Pack.
Closing date: 21/11/2014
Mathletes Challenge
Matheltes Challenge
The MATHletes Challenge is a free online and in-person maths tournament for Irish and Northern Irish students and schools. A not-for-profit venture founded by entrepreneur Sean O'Sullivan and Ciaran Cannon TD, MATHletes develops students' confidence and competence in maths using Khan Academy. The 4-month Challenge provides participants with a fun, competitive, engaging and rewarding educational experience. MATHletes is open to primary and secondary students from 4th class to 5th year (ROI) & Primary 6 to Year 13 (NI). Top scorers advance to in-person playoffs in May where over €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge All-Ireland Champion are on offer. Thousands of students and over 250 schools competed in 2014. Registration is FREE and opens December 1st. The Challenges launch on January 5th. For more information or to signup visit our website.
Junior Conservation Hero
Ireland's only Reptile Zoo
Gowran Reptile Conservation Zoo, Ireland’s only zoo that showcases over 50 unique species of reptiles and amphibians, has launched a nationwide search for a Junior Conservation Hero. Young people across Ireland are being urged to submit pictures and drawings of the everyday animals and nature they encounter.  A regional winner will be chosen from each county where they will have the opportunity to become a Zoo Keeper for a day.  From this, ‘Ireland’s Conservation Hero’ will be crowned. The lucky winner will receive a Year’s Family Pass to Gowran Reptile Conservation Zoo and a ‘Zoo to You’ experience for their school or club.
Closing date: 31/01/2015
Phone: 056 7726757
Demesne Road, Gowran, Kilkenny

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: 10/11/2014 End: 21/11/2014
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: 10/11/2014 End: 21/11/2014
Phone: +441225 326892