About the Intel® Mini Scientist Competition

The Intel® Mini Scientist is a competition for Primary school students in which they develop science related projects that are exhibited at fairs within their own schools.

Winning projects selected at this school level exhibition then go on to take part in the Mini Scientist Regional Final event with the possibility of continuing on to the Grand Final event.

The competition, which is open to 4th, 5th, and 6th class students, supports the Primary Science curriculum and is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the area of science.

In 2019, over 7,200 students participated in Mini Scientist from 18 different counties with a total of 105 different schools taking part.

Due to COVID-19 this year’s program has been revised and will take a different approach with 4th, 5th & 6th class students being invited taking part. The program will include 4 Mini Scientist experiments for students to complete with the lesson plans and accompanying video content provided by Intel.

Competition Aims

  1. To encourage students to see that science is all around us and that it can be fun and exciting.
  2. To encourage investigation into how, what and why things work the way they do.
  3. To foster a strong interest about science in students before they take on the Junior Cert curriculum in secondary school.
  4. To allow students demonstrate their experience of completing their project and the knowledge gained to the rest of their school.