Irish Ambassador to Kenya, Dr Vincent O’Neil, joined President Uhuru Kenyatta during yesterday’s opening of the inaugural Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) National Science and Technology Exhibition at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.
YSK, a unique platform in East Africa for young people from across Kenyan counties to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents, has received support from the Irish Embassy in partnership with the Kenyan government leading up to today’s showcase event.
Professor Tony Scott, the founder of Young Science and Technology Exhibition in Dublin was also in attendance for the inaugural Kenyan event.
Prof' Tony Scott, Founder of Young Science and Technology Exhibition in Dublin #Ireland is in Nairobi for the inaugural @YSTKenya National Science and Technology Exhibition @KICC_kenya powered by @BLAZEKenya #YSKenya cc @VincentONIRL @Lisa_Doh @mwaiyaki @BIrlKe @IrlEmbKenya pic.twitter.com/jQrhj90aCQ
— Young Scientists KE (@YSTKenya) July 4, 2018
The visiting students from Ireland, who have been exploring some of the projects supported by Concern Worldwide were also in attendance.
Great to meet @ConcernDebates team from Ireland at Opening Ceremony @YSTKenya today.@concernactive @ConcernKenya and @Concern are great supporters of @ystanzania and @YSTKenya #ScienceForDevelopment pic.twitter.com/ITxTWuXcj4
— Joseph Clowry (@JosephClowry) July 5, 2018
184 students from 81 schools entered 92 projects for the exhibition and over 15 awards will be won at the event.
@ConcernKenya and @Concern tent is at @YSTKenya today meet @derricknagide and his team from @fablabnairobi Maker Space. Have a look at their amazing projects: Non-pneumatic Anti-shock garmet providing help for women with post birth complications pictured below and @stannestipp pic.twitter.com/1pkyEUiZYU
— Concern Debates (@ConcernDebates) July 5, 2018
Speaking at the launch, President Kenyatta who accepted the invitation to become a YSK patron, said he was “beyond impressed” by the innovations he had seen, adding: “Young Scientists Kenya has provided an opportunity to harness new ideas that will help us tap into technology in order to curb the challenges we face within our economic capacity.”
Addressing the audience at the event, Dr O’Neill said: “I’m delighted the Government of Kenya is fully supporting the introduction of Young Scientists Kenya as the premier inter-schools competition for Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) in the country”
The National Science and Technology Exhibition closes later today.