YSK winners begin Ireland visit with trips to Google and Irish Aid offices

Young Scientists Kenya winners in Ireland
Wilson Irungu and Abdulrahman Sheikh Ali are in Dublin for the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

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.

Young Scientists Kenya in Dublin
Young Scientists Kenya 2018 Overall Winners, Wilson Irungu and Abdulrahman Sheikh Ali, arrive at Dublin Airport. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

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.

YSK winners at Google Cloud office in Dublin
The Young Scientists Kenya 2018 winners visited the Google Cloud Uk and Ireland office. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

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.

YSK winners with Joe McHugh
Abdulrahman Ali and Wilson Irungu with Dr. Kevit Desai and Joe McHugh. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

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.”

YSK winners with Joe McHugh
Abdulrahman Ali and Wilson Irungu discuss their winning entry with Irish Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh. Photo: Twitter/YSTKenya

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.

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.

This trip is part of the prize the pair received for their winning entry.

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