Science, Technology exhibition launches for students

By Ann Wambui

The official launch of the first ever Young Scientists Kenya Science and Technology exhibition at Intercontinental Hotel Monday aims to give students an opportunity to be creative through innovations that provide creative solutions to key problems in Kenya.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed officially launched the exhibition that will take place on July 5-6 at Kenyatta International Conference Center while at the same time assuring support from the Kenyan government through funds and training of teachers engaging with the program.

“The government of Kenya has allocated Ksh1.3 billion towards training and the STEM education which will be disbursed through Higher Education Loans Board.”

Speaking during the launch, Irish Ambassador to Kenya Dr, Vincent O’Neil said that the Republic of Ireland has annually held exhibitions to showcase innovations created by young boys and girls who have been a part change for the past about 55 years.

“In our country, our experience has been once you incentive children to take science in schools, again it adds to the innovative capacity of the school to new university courses being established.”

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) was introduced in Kenya on July 5, 2017 by then Education CS Fred Matiang’i alongside Irish Ambassador Dr O’Neil after long discussions of having the programme piloted in 10 counties before rolling out as a national programme.

According to Global Index 2017, Kenya is rated at position 5 in Africa and 88 globally as the most innovative.

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Students from different schools from the left, Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj, (center) Kevit Desai PS Vocational Training, Thika High School and Kenya High School

81 schools submitted 92 projects for the 2018 YSK Science and Technology Exhibition developed through the STEM education. Winners will engage with interested private sector companies and also participate in international science and technology forums.

Young Scientists Kenya has STEM education successfully rolling in Tanzania for about 8 years through mentorship, practical guidance and technical support to have their projects running and successful. This education system can help young scientists realize and develop build creative and innovative skills.

“It is an opportunity for us to provide the platform for students to showcase their scientific talents and innovations and the drivers solutions to the society that addresses different programs.” National Program Director Young Scientists Kenya, Eric Nyamwaro.

The exhibition at KICC will have the young scientists present their inventions on Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biological and Ecological Sciences, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Science and Technology.

This forum will help motivate students not to fear sciences but rather have a positive attitude towards “hard” subjects as tools of making change in the Kenyan society.

 

 

Ann Wambui is a Reporter and Writer at Mtoto News

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