iHub By Rachel Gichinga / April 8, 2013
Competitions for High School and University Students: Lions of Science & Innovate Kenya
1. Lions of Science – The Kenyan Student Awards
Lions of Science promotes and awards Kenyan students who have innovative scientific ideas that improve standards of living. Home-grown solutions and scientific creativity – this is what the new German-Kenyan association and internet platform is on the lookout for.
Lions of Science annually awards prizes to Kenyan students aiming to assist them in tapping into the full potential of their projects and help them enter the market. Awards include prize money, consulting on the further development of solutions, language courses and internships.
Who can take part? Currently, all enrolled college and university students in Kenya are welcomed to upload their projects by choosing between different categories including Natural Sciences, Environment, ICT/Media, Health, Indigenous Knowledge and Engineering. The submitted projects are assessed by a jury as well as through public online voting. The presentation of awards will take place for the first time in Nairobi in July 2013 in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut.
Lions of Science also aims at much more: By presenting the scientific spirit and innovative creativity of young scientists and their home grown solutions, it contributes to highlighting the dynamic changes taking place on the African continent. It is this side of African reality – the side not sufficiently covered by the media – which will inspire and encourage young people. Inspire them to act like “true lions” in the pursuit of science.
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Identify a local problem and think up a local solution
The Innovate Kenya competition is looking to identify and support innovative solutions to issues within the fields of Health, Energy, Education, Agriculture, Transportation, Telecommunications, Civic Media, and Engineering in Kenya.
The innovation challenge will encourage and help Kenyan students create prototypes of their solutions while providing them with capital, mentorship and other resources during the process.
We are not only interested in solutions to big problems. Important change can happen on a small scale, and even the biggest projects begin with small steps. The most important change a country can achieve—something the Innovate Kenya project looks to inspire—is towards a creative and innovative mentality. Innovate Kenya is about doing just that.
How it works
Any Senior Secondary School in Kenya can nominate up to two teams of 3-5 students as finalists for the competition. Up to 5 teams will be selected by an internationally acclaimed panel of judges to receive up to US$ 500 each to make a prototype of an engineering solution to a well-defined local problem over a 2 month period. The finalists selected along with our Action Awards by the judging panel will be funded to further develop their prototypes. Teams will need to provide details of how the prototype will be developed and why they are well suited to accomplish the project. Each team will be assessed based on the recommendation from the school nominating them.
At the end of the competition cycle, up to two finalist teams may be selected as winners. Each winning team will receive up to US$ 1,000 to further develop their engineering prototype. Funds can be used towards buying materials and machining costs. The award price is not meant for personal use of team members and must be used only for the project.
And check out APPLY HERE to find the the rules, requirements and application form.
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