Young Scientists Tanzania 2015 is from the 5th - 7th August! 

 H.E. Fionnuala Gilsenan, Embassy of Ireland, Tanzania

 

 

 

YST 2014

 

 

 

 Dr. Gerry Killeen, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania 

 

 

 

Winners of Young Scientists Tanzania 2014 were

Dhariha Amour Ali and Salma Khalfan Omar from Lumumba Secondary School in Unguja (Zanzibar). Their project titled "Changing attitudes to control flies in Tanzania" combined excellent technical and scientific content while addressing the large local issue of flies which their islands experiences.

YST2014 was privilaged to have the winner announced by the Vice President of Tanzania, Dr. Mohamed Ghairb Bilal. A nuclear physicist himself, Dr. Mohamed Ghairb Bilal was a past pupil of Lumumba Secondary School.

Dhariha and Salma returned home to a hero's welcome and brought with them Tsh 1,000,000 prize money and a school trophy. In addition they have earned third level scholarships from the Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation and an all expenses trip to Ireland in January 2015 to attend the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. They along with their teacher Amie, will receive a very warm welcome to Ireland!

Runner up position went to Upendo Mwanuo and Josephine Chomya from St. Christina's Secondary School in Tanga. Upendo  and Josephine won with their project from the Biological and Ecological category titled "The use of Masai eating style as a way of controlling diseases".

We congratulate all the winners of the many special awards and category awards. All their posters can be seen shortly in the YST 2014 menu above.

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Young Scientists Tanzania is a unique event in Africa, providing a platform for young people from across Tanzania to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. Modeled on the internationally acclaimed Young Scientists and Technology Exhibition in Ireland, now in its 50th year, Young Scientists Tanzania helps to popularise science amongst young people and encourage them to seek practical solutions to the problems they face in everyday life. 

The centrepiece of YST is an attractive annual exhibition and competition in which schools and students can participate. Schools and teachers that wish to get involved are supported through cross regional workshops, where they receive mentoring and practical advice on experimental methods suitable for their environment. Students then generate ideas for their projects based on the realities faced in their communities, tackling topics as wide ranging as nutrition, climate change, sustainable agriculture, gender inequality, disease, clean water and sustainable energy, all of which have major implications for the development of the Tanzanian economy and society. In the process of their research, students and schools are also linked up with appropriate mentors from academia, the government, development and private sectors, and encouraged to view their research in the context of the global scientific community.

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