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President Kenyatta encourages young Kenyan scientists to step up and push the country into global stardom

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged young Kenyan scientists to expand their energies wisely and remain focused so as to come up with cutting edge innovations that will help thrust Kenya into global scientific stardom.

The President challenged the budding scientists, engineers and innovators to work towards entrenching Kenya’s position as a hub for innovation and creativity in the sciences and technology.

He spoke today when he opened the 2020 Young Scientists Kenya National Science and Technology Exhibition that was conducted online.

The President emphasized the need to promote inclusivity in terms of participation by girls and young women, young persons living with disabilities and those living in rural areas and the ASALs.

Tanvi Hirani and Iyad Taher with their Universal Healthcare System were crowned the overall Young Scientists Kenya winners. They travelled to Dublin, Ireland last January, to take part in the British Telecom Young Scientists Ireland Exhibition.

President Kenyatta.

Brenda Kithinji and Sophia Ndunge with their Home-made Lift Pump Project finished as overall runners up.

The Head of State also congratulated David Mugo and Daniel Maithya, from Machakos Boys High School, for their road-based electrical generator innovation as well as Isaac Muendo and Kimani Kamau from Nova Pioneer Boys School who created the state-of-the-art cyber security software.

The two outstanding innovations are currently being reviewed for intellectual property protection by the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI).

“This innovation impressed not only the Young Scientists Kenya judges but also the panel of investors on KCB’s Lions’ Den; earning Lukman an award from Young Scientists Kenya and a commitment of support from Kenyan business leaders,” the President observed.

The Head of State noted that the success stories presented at exhibition should serve as a continuing inspiration to the country as they show the importance of nurturing young people and affording them platforms to showcase their talent, ideas and innovations.

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