The Young Scientists Kenya winners have arrived in Dublin for the 3-day BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.
Abdulrahman Ali and Wilson Irungu from Nakuru High School were two of 160 students who entered 92 projects in the competition, and out of 160 students. They emerged as winners with a revolutionary Internet-based energy monitoring and audit system concept.
The Kenyan pair touched down just after 4pm on Tuesday and began their first full day with a visit to the Google Cloud UK & Ireland office before joining their counterparts from Tanzania for a look around the Irish Aid Volunteer Center.
Yesterday afternoon, the Kenyan pair with Principal Secretary in the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education (TVET) in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Kevit Desai, met the Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Donegal TD Joe McHugh.
Speaking at the launch event for the exhibition, Shay Walsh, Managing Director, BT Ireland said; “I am delighted to welcome the next wave of future scientists and entrepreneurs to the RDS this week for the 55th BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Over the next few days the students will have the experience of lifetime, presenting their projects to some of the most renowned scientists and technologists in Ireland as well as the public; not to mention all the fun they will have making new friends and learning from their peers.”
There are 550 projects on show at this year’s Exhibition across four categories: Technology; Biological and Ecological; Social and Behavioural Sciences; and Chemical, Physical and Mathematical Sciences. This year’s projects cover a wide variety of topics, from climate change to gender diversity and everything in between. Judging began yesterday afternoon, and the Exhibition opens to the public from today (Thursday 10 January) to Saturday 12 January, with approx. 50,000+ visitors, young and old, expected to visit the event over the course of the three days.
Proud moment this evening as the #YSKenya 🇰🇪 winners met with The Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland @simoncoveney🇮🇪. There’s allot we can learn from @BTYSTE and Ireland on how to develop Kenya through STEM. #STEM #ItStartHere @VincentONIRL @IrlEmbKenya @Lisa_Doh @BLAZEKenya pic.twitter.com/prmV8CHhaK
— Young Scientists KE (@YSTKenya) January 9, 2019
Later, they met up with outgoing Irish Ambassador Dr Vincent O’Neill, President of Ireland Michael D Higgins and Irish Deputy Prime Minister Simon Coveney.
The @YSTKenya 2018 winners, along with Ambassador @VincentONIRL, were honoured to meet with the President of Ireland @PresidentIRL Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina at @BTYSTE in Dublin today The trip to Ireland was part of their prize (photo credit Chris Bellew/Fennells/BT). pic.twitter.com/DyMqC2pyAU
— Embassy of Ireland (@IrlEmbKenya) January 9, 2019
This trip is part of the prize the pair received for their winning entry.