Young Scientists Kenya To Reward Top Innovators In Science & Technology
Young scientists Kenya (YSK) will be holding the National Science and Technology Exhibition in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, The Embassy of Ireland and BLAZE by Safaricom. The exhibition to be held courtesy of the STEM high school outreach program will see over 500 students seeking to present their science and technology projects convene in Nairobi. This year, the exhibition takes it a notch higher from last year where 160 students presented 92 projects.
The exhibition, a national effort to make Kenya a leader in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) also compliments the annual Secondary Schools Science Congress, now known as Kenya Science and Engineering Fair (KSEF) by the Ministry of Education.
“As a scientist, I am proud to be part of a program that exposes young Kenyans to the endless possibilities that science and innovation can open up for our country. I look forward to seeing the projects on display and catching up on the latest science concepts from budding scientists,” said Prof. George Magoha, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Education.
The exhibition will be held on 6th – 9th August 2019 at KICC at the end of which winners will walk away with Ksh 100,000 and a trip to Ireland to participate in the BT-Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in January 2020.
Young Scientists Ireland has been running for more than 50 years and has helped transform Ireland into a knowledge-based economy and a leader in innovation. With this year’s theme being Making STEM education accessible to all , YSK has since March, been conducting outreach activities in secondary schools around the country aimed at engaging students to take up STEM courses.
This year, the Young Scientists Kenya team visited over 200 schools in all the 47 Counties, reaching over 40,000 students, courtesy of the STEM high school outreach program.
In 2018, Wilson Irungu and Abdulrahman Sheikh Ali from Nakuru High School were the winners of the science contest with a revolutionary Internet-based energy monitoring and audit system concept. As a result of their victory, Irungu and Ali got a chance to go on a fully paid trip to Ireland to participate in the BT-Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition between 9th and 12th January 2019.