Unleashing scientific potential

By Ann Wambui

Every child is entitled to free and compulsory primary education as stated in the Kenyan constitution; the provision of which shall be the responsibility of the Government and the parents; The Basic Education act (2013).

In January 2018, the free secondary education came to action in the Jubilee government with a purpose of ensuring 100 per cent transition from primary to secondary schools.

This paved way for the new education curriculum system 2-6-6-3 that took effect beginning of this year to increase and improve communication skills, critical thinking, technology and creativity will make up the curriculum.

Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) provides a unique platform for students to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. It is based on the premise that a wealth of talent and potential for innovation exists in Kenya.  will be having the award ceremony today at Kenyatta International Convention Centre for the best projects in each of the categories.

Judges had a one on one session with the students presenting their projects for gauging in the Biology and Ecological Sciences, Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Social and Behavioural Sciences and Technology categories.

President Uhuru Kenyatta officially opened the exposition attended by national and international guests to mark the first science and technology fair that has been celebrated in the Republic of I Ireland for the last 55 years.

“I am very impressed by projects I have seen today and could agree that the future generation is here with us today.”

In line with The Big Four Agenda of President Kenyatta, children are front and center ensuring that the objectives come to reality.

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Photo courtesy of Mtoto News; Friday Wangui and Eunice Nyambura from O.L.C Mugoiri Girls High school

O.L.C Mugoiri Girls High school through Friday Wangui and Eunice Nyambura developed a project on the use of cigarette filtered to curb air pollution whose main aim is reducing pollution which is the current emerging threat in global warming.

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Thika High School team; From left,Rick Ngugi and Caleb Baraka 

Rick Ngugi and Caleb Baraka from Thika High School project is on producing of paper from banana stem , sugarcane and corn stalks to producing sustainable eco friendly from agriculture waste.

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Photo courtesy of Mtoto News; Sofia Medza and Bokayo Katelo’s from Moi Girls School.

The making of building blocks from non biodegradable polymers with the am of reducing pollution effect associated with solid waste is Sofia Medza and Bokayo Katelo’s project from Moi Girls School.

The young exhibitors showcasing their projects which are expected to provide creative solutions to the challenges in the society will have judges giving verdict of the performances and later a short awarding ceremony of finalists in each category.

The overall winner will have the opportunity to travel to Ireland and participate in the BTYSTE in January 2019.

 

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