Last Saturday, Irish Chargé d’Affaires Lisa Doherty joined fellow members of the Young Scientists Kenya board for the launch of a 6-day boot camp at Nairobi’s Moi Girls School for the winners of the 2018 competition.
YSK Board Chairman Dr Kevit Desai, who is also Principal Secretary in the State Department of Vocational and Technical Education (TVET) in the Ministry of Education, launched the boot camp along with event sponsors; Darren Gillen (Katridges Kenya), Rosine Nzietchueng (Co-operation Attache at the French Embassy), Angela Githuthu (Blaze by Safaricom Youth Segment Lead) and Amina Abdulla (Concern Worldwide Country Director).
During the boot camp, all the 2018 Young Scientists Kenya winners have been learning to patent and turn their excellent science projects and inventions into commercially viable businesses.
The finalists have enjoyed visits to the GE Health Care centre in Karen and a trip to the Makers Space at the University of Nairobi.
On Tuesday, the boot camp hosted the Travel Telescope which gave the YSK 2018 winners an opportunity to view the rare Super Moon; when the moon is closest to the earth. The session sparked their passion for astronomy and helped them understand the phenomenon better.
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.YSK-Bootcamp-brochure-press
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.