Two students Brian Mwaghogho and Diana Wambugha from Chala Secondary School in Taita Taveta County, have been crowned as Young Scientists of the Year.
The duo won Best Technology Innovation at the 2022 Young Scientists Kenya National Science and Technology Exhibition which was held at Sarit Expo Centre in Westland, Nairobi.
Their Smart Fingerprint Ballot Box innovation seeks to help in solving the issue of Stray Ballots during the Voting and Election process.
The Colour-Fitted Innovation Machine is Designed to detect the colour of the Ballot paper and direct it to the correct Ballot Box. It is also designed in the sense that it can only be opened by the preceding officer Biometrically using Fingerprints.
In a statement, Brian Mwaghogho said that he and his colleague are happy about the science and technology win. It took us a lot of research, commitment, and energy to come up with the project that seeks to solve the issue of Stray Ballot Papers. Our machine offers a secure alternative to existing Ballot Boxes by using Biometrics and Colour Sensors.
The two students Wambugha and Mwaghogho received a cash prize worth Ksh. 50,000 each and they will also travel to Ireland for Tech and Innovation Expo.
To a clinching gear point, the overall runners-up position was Isaac Abuti Bravin and Wetsenga Emala of Kamusinga High School in Kakamega county with their Smart and Modernized Solar Greenhouse Innovation. The two were awarded cash prizes worth Ksh40,000 each.
In addition to the cash prizes, winners from various categories also received Smartphones and Headphones awards worth Ksh 250,000 from BLAZE by Safaricom.
The 5th Edition of the Young Scientists Kenya-YSK National Science and Technology Exhibition themed using STEM to redefine our Future, attracted 80, Project Finalists, from 71 Secondary Schools in 37 counties.
They included four Special Needs Education Schools, which exhibited their Innovative Projects in four categories: Social and Behavioural Sciences; Chemical, Physical, and Mathematical Sciences; Biological and Ecological Sciences; and Technology.
On a high note, Clare Tei and Faith Mutheu of Maasai Girls High School in Machakos won the Biological and Ecological Sciences Category with their Project, Bromelain Enzyme as an Anti-Browning Agent.
In the Technology Category, Romanus Ogacho and Alex Main of Machakos School were named the winner of their Merry-Go Electricity Project.
Brivian Kagonya and Happy Harriet of Kaimosi Girls High School emerged at the top in the Chemical, Physical, and Mathematics Sciences Category with their innovation, a Water Filter using Banana peels with Mercy Chelangat and Abigael Chepkoech of St. Monica Girls Chebangang in Bomet County clinching the Social and Behavioural Sciences Category with MEABI project.
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The winners in all project categories will also attend a boost Camp where they will receive Mentorship and Training on Commercialization, Enterprise Development, Pitching, Intellectual Property Protection, and Incubation Links to the Public and Private Sectors.