Seventeen-year-old Carl Mwangi of Kagumo High School, Kiganjo, has been crowned winner at the second edition of the InterswitchSPAK National Science Competition in Kenya. Following his win, Mwangi received the sum of Ksh 1.5 million in scholarships, spread over a period of 5 years, a brand-new laptop, and the title as the best science student in Kenya.
Coming in second and third are 19-year-old Hamza Kamrudin of Friends School in the Nyeri County and 18-year-old Ignatius Suswa, of Nairobi School in the Nairobi County, receiving Ksh 750,000 and Ksh 150,000 in scholarships respectively, plus brand new laptops.
Commenting on the importance of the Interswitch SPAK National Science Competition, the Group Managing Director (GMD)/ Founder of Interswitch Group, Mitchell Elegbe, said that there is a need to equip the younger generation of changemakers with the important tools to create the change desperately needed on the continent and that this can be achieved by harnessing the power of STEM.
The first edition of the Interswitch SPAK National Science Competition in Kenya was held in 2019, two years after it debuted on television screens in Nigeria, with plans to extend into other East African countries, in a bid to expand its reach and encourage the participation of more African secondary school students.