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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.

ESERO Space Competition
CEIA CanSat Competition
The competition offers secondary school students a unique opportunity to participate in a real space project by building a CanSat – a simulation of a satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can.  All of the participating teams will launch their CanSats in regional finals across Ireland next year, with the winner of the national competition going on to compete in the European final in Portugal in June 2015. The test for participating senior cycle secondary school students,  is to include all the major subsystems found in a satellite such as a computer, power, sensors and a communication system. All teams are supplied with CanSat kits sponsored by leading space sector companies Arralis and ENBIO. Visit website link for more info.
Closing date: 19/12/2014 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 01 6789333
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
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 19/12/2014
Closing date: 19/12/2014 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
Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Award
Open to primary school students of all ages, thousands of entries are expected to enter the competition this year featuring the new theme “I Want You to See …”, which invites primary school students to be inspired to show others how the world looks through their eyes.  Student artists have a chance to win appropriately arty prizes not just for themselves but for their classmates too, and substantial cash prizes for their schools. By the end of November, entry packs will have been sent to primary schools nationwide which include interactive activities and lesson plans for teachers that highlight how entering the competition ties in with the primary school curriculum.
Closing date: 16/01/2015 School Level: Primary
70 Uper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin National Youth Media Awards Competition National Youth Media Awards Competition
The annual drugs awareness competition is now open. To enter, students are asked to create either: a short video, an audio clip, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The effects of alcohol on the family; (b) The effects of drugs on mental health. The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25. Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on Details on how to enter can be found on our website.
Closing date: 16/02/2015
Cara National Inclusion Awards
Cara National Inclusion Awards
The hunt is on for champions of inclusion! The inclusion awards are intended for individuals and organisations big and small who promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. (Organisations whose main mandate is to cater for people with disabilities are not eligible to apply for these awards). So if you know of any organisations, clubs, schools etc. please encourage them to apply for these awards. There are 8 award categories including National Governing Bodies of Sport; Sports Clubs, Primary School PE; Secondary Schools; Outdoor Adventure Providers; Leisure/Fitness Centres; Camps and a Research category.
Phone: 066 714 5646
Tralee, Kerry