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School Girls in Arusha Invent Machine to Destroy all Plastic Waste

Plastic is a nuisance to the environment Right? Well. Not anymore.

School girls in Arusha have invented a machine which can destroy all used plastic materials safely, leaving both the environment and atmosphere clean.

The five secondary school students in Arusha made the breakthrough invention targeting to address environment pollution, through special scientific competition.

Arusha Girls High School students have manufactured an incinerator which burns away horrid plastic waste without puffing out carbon monoxide gases and fumes.

That clever contraption made them emerge overall winners of the ‘Future Science Technical Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) Business Leaders’ Competition, held at the Arusha Technical College.

Krishna Merere, the head of the science group from Arusha Girls High School observes that, even as many countries are banning their uses, it is almost impossible to do away with plastic products or materials in every day’s life.

“The only option is to find ways of destroying polythene and plastic products after use or recycling them into other useful items,” she revealed.

Speaking at the event, the Project Manager for future STEM Business Leaders, Josephine Sepetu explains that it is an initiative hatched to solve community problems using science but with a business approach.

“We usually involve students taking science subjects and with innovation interests,” she adds.

On his part, the Dar Teknohama Business Incubator (DTBi) Executive Officer, Dr Erasto Miyuka said the students have transformed their education from theory into profitable reality.

“We at DTBi will take their ideas onboard and incubate their innovations ready to turn them into business notions that solve problems,” Dr Miyuka, who was the guest of honor at the climax ceremony, maintained.

The STEM Business Leaders Contests which involves secondary school students, targets to blend scientific knowledge and business acumen among local youth, on the basis that science can be fun, innovative, productive and profitable.

The ‘Future Science Technical Engineering and Mathematic (STEM) Business Leaders’ Competition, supported by Europe Physics Institution, in association with the University of Dar-es-salaam and Arusha Technical College.

The competition involved seven groups of students each with five participants.

Participating schools were Arusha Girls High, Ilboru Secondary, Edmund Rice Secondary, Saint Jude and Bishop Durning.

Winners will be taken for internship programs at various institutions and productivity companies.

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