The Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) STEM Outreach Programme launch is taking place this Saturday (26 January) at the Kyondoni Girls Secondary School in Kitui from 10am to 4pm.
Tweeting about the event, the Irish Embassy said they were “looking forward to kicking off the Young Scientists Kenya YSK 2019 school outreach and mentoring programme across Kenya, starting with Kitui this Saturday. Making Science Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) accessible to all.”
Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) is a unique platform in East Africa aimed at encouraging secondary school students to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents and STEM pathways.
It is based on the premise that a wealth of talent and potential for innovation exists in Kenya. Modeled on the internationally acclaimed British Telecom Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition (BTYSTE) in Ireland and local science fairs such as Kenya Science and Engineering Fair, Young Scientists Kenya will help to popularize science and technology amongst young people and encourage them to develop projects that seek practical solutions to the everyday problems we face within society.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The YSK STEM Outreach Programme is an indigenous independent programme developed by YSK to add value to the YSK Exhibition. A key component of YSK, it develops a much-needed Science Culture and capacity among young students and teachers in Kenya.
The Outreach programme enhances the Kenyan government’s plan of the new curriculum, laying the foundations at secondary school level for further education and training at the tertiary level and the world of work. Opportunities must exist at lower secondary level to explore student’s own potential, interests and personalities to be ready to begin the specialization available in senior school that leads towards the career path of choice.
The STEM Outreach Programme also aligns to the African Union (AU), Continental Education Strategy Plan (CESA 2015-2025) whose objectives are to fully reorient African education and training systems towards the achievement of the AU’s vision and Agenda 2063. It plans to achieve this by strengthening the science and math curricula in youth training and by disseminating scientific knowledge and culture in society.