On Wednesday 6th January, the Lord Mayor of Cork City, Cllr. Chris O’Leary, will host a welcome reception for the winners of Young Scientists Tanzania, at Cork’s Lifetime Lab.
In 2009 the 'Young Scientist' concept was brought from Ireland to Tanzania by Irishman Joseph Clowry. An idea which originated in Ireland over 50 years ago, its aim is to promote science and inquiry among young people.The competition in Tanzania is sponsored principally by Irish Aid and BG Tanzania and is modelled on the internationally acclaimed Young Scientist Exhibition in Ireland, http://youngscientists.co.tz/
The competition is a unique event in Africa,providing a platform for young people from across Tanzania to demonstrate their innovation and showcase their scientific talents. The centrepiece of the Young Scientist Tanzania 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.
The winners of the 2015 competition were Edwin Luguku and John Method from Mzumbe Secondary School in Morogoro. Their project entitled "The effects of Plastic Bags on Morogoro and reducing their use" combined excellent technical and scientific content while addressing the consequences of plastic disposal in their town. Edwin and John returned home to a hero's welcome following their win in Dar Es Salaam and brought with them Tsh 1,000,000 prize money and a school trophy. In addition they earned third level scholarships from the Karimjee Jivanjee Foundation and a trip to Ireland to attend the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition in Dublin courtesy of Irish Aid.
In advance of the BT Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin, the Tanzanian students, together with their teacher Mganga Suka and Irish based judge Mr. Fritz Raake and Science Officer for Young Scientists Tanzania, Dr. Brendan Doggett will receive a very warm welcome to Cork by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Chris O’Leary. As well as a welcoming reception at Cork’s Lifetime Lab, their visit to Cork will include a tour of the Tyndall National Institute and a visit to the MacroomE Enterprise Centre.
For further information contact:
EU Funding Co-Ordinator,
Cork City Council,