Young Scientists Kenya Launch 3rd Edition of the National Science and Tech Exhibition

Besides cash prizes, the winning team will also receive YSK’s Year Trophy and a chance to take part in BT-Young Scientists and Technology virtual event from 6-9th January 2021.

(From the Safaricom Blaze YSK Outreach At St. Kevins Secondary School In Lodwar, Turkana County In 2019) Levys Abedi Mushila (left), a student at St. Kevin Secondary School in Lodwar, demonstrates his technology skills during Turkana County Safaricom BLAZE YSK outreach. Looking on is, from left: Irish Embassy- Deputy Head of Mission, Lisa Doherty, Blaze Mentor, Maxine Mokaya, Trocaire Country Director, Eithne Brennan, YSK Board Member, Michael Waiyaki and the school Principal, Mr. Thomas Lokuruka.

Young Scientists Kenya (YSK), alongside Kenya’s Ministry of Education, The Embassy of Ireland and BLAZE by Safaricom, has announced the 3rd annual National Science and Technology Exhibition for secondary school students.

The 2020 exhibition will for the first be conducted online from today, December 8.

So far, 64 projects are on the table, with 120 students. The projects and students are from 22 counties.

The presentations will be showcased on the YSK website.

The show will be opened by president Kenyatta and the YSK Patron.

After the presentations, the winning teams will be awarded on December 11.  

YSK’s outreach and mentorship programme has been huge, having reached to all counties and over 31000 students.

YSK is a platform for young people to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents.

The show is part of YSK’s mandate to drive innovation among students in Kenya and complements the Ministry of Education’s annual Kenya Science and Engineering Fair (KSEF).

BLAZE has been YSK’s partner since 2017. It is sponsoring 2020’s National Exhibition to the tune of KES 1.9 million.

BLAZE is also adding KES 650000 in the form of airtime. It will also award the first and second students with a smartphone and headphones, respectively.

Besides cash prizes, the winning team will also receive YSK’s Year Trophy and a chance to take part in BT-Young Scientists and Technology virtual event from 6-9th January 2021.

The runners up will receive the Young Scientists Kenya Runners Up trophy and a cash award.

In 2019, Iyad Taher and Tanvi Hirani from SCLP Samaj School emerged winners with a project on a Universal Healthcare system that sought to enable the government and relevant agencies solve health-related challenges in the country.

What they said

The theme of this year’s exhibition is ‘Using STEM to Strengthen Our Resilience’. I look forward to an exciting pioneer virtual exhibition featuring imaginative projects from Kenya’s budding scientists.

Dr. Kevit Desai, Principal Secretary, State Department of East African Community (EAC), Ministry of EAC and Chairperson of the YSK Board

Safaricom is celebrating 20 years of transforming lives and by supporting YSK, we seek to inspire our young people to go beyond what is thought possible and come up with innovations that will solve everyday problems in a sustainable way.

Peter Ndegwa, Safaricom CEO

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. We are delighted to share our experience with Kenya, help embed STEM skills in schools and contribute to building the country’s vibrant innovation culture.

Fionnuala Quinlan, Ambassador of Ireland to Kenya

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