Young Scientist Tanzania winners attend Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin


Erik Simon Laizer and Prosper Gaspar Lema from St. Jude's Secondary School, Arusha were accompanied to Ireland by their teacher, Denis Sumari.

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Sr Julie Doran, students Erick Simon Laizer and Prosper Gaspar Lema, teacher Denis Sumari and Fr. Tom Curran.

The winners of the 2017 Tanzanian Young Scientist Exhibition attended last week's Young Scientist Exhibition at the RDS in Dublin.

Erick Simon Laixer and Prosper Gaspar Lema won the national competition last November in Dar es Salaam with a project titled: "The use of Mobile Networks as a Fire Alert System".

The students developed a system capable of detecting smoke and notifying a user about the presence of smoke in a building. The system can call multiple users such fire fighters, police and the home owner.

Sr. Julie Doran OLA and Fr. Tom Curran SMA attended the RDS last Friday to welcome and congratulate the Tanzanian group.

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Sr. Julie present with teacher Denis Sumari (centre) and Erick.

According to Sr. Julie, the trio were excited to be in Ireland while also remarking on the engagement and welcome they had received.

"The group arrived in Ireland last Tuesday and were due to fly out on Sunday so their time here was very limited. Denis was intrigued by the level of engagement from the Irish students who were not shy and came to their stand very freely. He noted the warmth and welcome they received from everyone while also revealing that they were kept busy by the many questions about the project and Tanzania itself.

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Teacher Denis Sumari engages with a group of primary school pupils.


"Denis, Erick and Prosper were also very complimentary of the organisers in terms of setting-up their stand and printing the posters.

"Fr. Tom and I told them about the SMA and OLA mission in Tanzania while they shared about the moment they won the Young Scientist Exhibition last November. Erick and Prosper told us of the surprise and great joy when they won and how they were carried shoulder high when they returned to their school in Arusha."

The first Young Scientist Exhibition was held in Tanzania in November 2011. Part of the prize for the winning entry is a trip to the Young Scientist event in Dublin to showcase their project.

According to the Young Scientist Tanzania Twitter account, Joseph Clowry, a second level teacher is the 'inspiration' behind establishing the Tanzanian initiative. The Carlow native saw the need for such a link-up during his time working with Tanzanian researchers in Maynooth Univeristy during the 1990's. In 2009, he began his quest to roll-out the Young Scientist model. He chose Tanzania as he felt the country 'had the greatest need to build science capacity'.

Over the years, the movement has received support from groups in Ireland and further afield.

The Young Scientist model has recently commenced in Kenya with students from the East African country also attending this year's Young Scientist Exhibition in Dublin.

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Fr. Tom pictured with Erick at the Young Scientist Tanzania stand at the RDS in Dublin.