Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) has partnered with the Ministry of Education, the Embassy of Ireland and Blaze by Safaricom to hold the inaugural National Science and Technology Exhibition.
The exhibition, which will be held at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in July, targets high school students with the aim of encouraging greater uptake of Science, Technology and Mathematics (Stem) subjects under the theme: Making Stem Education Accessible To All.
About 5,000 people are expected to attend the event, including 160 student exhibitors from 80 schools in 10 counties. “I am honoured to witness the expansion of the Young Scientists programme beyond Ireland to Kenya.
Since its launch in Nairobi in July 2017, we have seen tremendous interest in it from students and their teachers,” said Prof John Tony Scott, Young Scientists and Technology Exhibitions co-founder.
YSK hopes to tap into the wealth of talent in secondary schools by popularising science and technology through avenues such as expos. The aim is to spur innovation that seeks to provide sustainable solutions to societal challenges.
These efforts complement those of The Ministry of Education, which has for the last 53 years coordinated the only science co-curriculum activity for Kenyan schools – the Secondary Schools Science Congress, now known as the Kenya Science and Engineering Fair (KSEF).
Education Cabinet Secretary, Dr Amina Mohammed, said Kenya is already recognised as a centre of innovation in Africa and the initiative by YSK, Blaze and other partners will play a significant role in grooming the next generation of innovators.