16yr old Mombasa student invents bump detector to cut accidents

In Innovation

A 16 year old student at the Aga Khan Academy Mombasa Telvin Kameta has invested a bump detecting gadget to help reduce road accidents.

The invention was unveiled last Friday during the school’s annual exhibition event which is normally done through identification of areas of need in the society for which solutions are then sought.

Motivation

Kameta says he was motivated to come up with the innovation due to rising number of accidents in the country and the continent at large. About 3,057 Kenyans died in road accidents last year and even a higher number in 2016.

Africa has the highest number of road deaths but the lowest number of cars in the world making it a horrfying statistic.

Other experiments during the exhibition inlcude a solar powered airport demonstrated by   ShashankArvindan.

Kenya is currently facing high costs of electricity even as demand rises and the exhibition was meant o help reduce pressure on the national grid given that street lighting projects are now giving way to solar power.

80 demonstrations

The ceremony featured almost 80 demonstrations based on local problems in the Kenyan setting.

These projects are particularly relevant considering the issues affecting Kenya like the heavy cost of electricity, elevated pollution levels and an exceptionally high record of road deaths.

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Lack of emphasis on practical work in Kenyan school curriculum is wasting precious talent and instead forcing bright students to go look for jobs.

Inquiry-based approach

The students’ skills in identifying potential areas for innovation and constructing viable solutions is borne of the inquiry-based approach taken at AKA Mombasa, which is one of the key features of the globally recognized International Baccalaureate curriculum.

However, the projects’ scope has not been confined to these issues alone. Other projects range from an app for diabetics to an initiative for a rewarding and enjoyable home for elderly people with limited mobility to cosmetics developed from local wild plants.

The students’ skills in identifying potential areas for innovation and constructing viable solutions is borne of the inquiry-based approach taken at AKA Mombasa, which is one of the key features of the globally recognised International Baccalaureate curriculum.

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