Young Scientists Kenya (YSK) is a unique initiative that gives young people from across Kenya an opportunity to demonstrate innovation and showcase their scientific talents through a National Science and Technology competition. YSK is based on the premise that a wealth of talent and potential for innovation exists among Kenyan youth and that by providing a platform for them to compete and showcase their own practical solutions to the problems faced within their communities, they can be encouraged to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
Young Scientists Kenya is an initiative of both the Ministry of Education and the Government of Ireland through its Embassy in Kenya, and with support from BLAZE by Safaricom and other partners. The patron of YSK is the President of Kenya, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta.
YSK gives secondary school students an opportunity to demonstrate innovation and their scientific talents through mentorship and outreach programmes that take place from January to June. These culminate in an annual National Exhibition of their projects each year in August. Winning entries are awarded prizes and the opportunity to turn their projects into commercially viable businesses or supported for further research.
YSK is based on an Irish model that has contributed to Ireland’s economic and technology transformation over 50 years. Winners of the competition in Ireland have gone on to become billionaires and to lead global technology and research companies. Ireland is now home to 8 of the 10 global ICT companies and 9 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies.