YST 2016 flashback

The first YST Regional Exhibition in Mtwara - Jul 2016
YST2016 National Exhibition and winners return to their home
One of the days spent by YS2016 winners in Ireland Jan 2016

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What is YST?

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.

For 2016, to increase the capacity of the exhibition and to provide the opportunity for more schools, teachers and students to participate, YST is holding its first regional competition. This will take place in Mtwara town on the 21st July. At this regional competition, 40 schools, from every district in Mtwara will come together and compete to represent the region at the national competition.

YST-Mtwara is an exciting development and we look forward to developing similar regional competitions in the future.

Winners YST 2016
11th of August 2016

Nadhra Mresa and Diana Sosoka from Mtwara Girls Secondary School in Mtwara emerged as the winners of YST 2016. Their project titled "Poverty Is No Longer An Issue For Women In Mtwara Region".

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