Rugwa made the call on Tuesday when speaking at the regional exhibition and awarding ceremony to the six projects selected to participate in the national competition.
The RAS said the country still needs science experts in different fields of health, engineering, agriculture and transport sector to fast track development.
He said the projects were mainly focused on finding practical solutions to development challenges in health, agriculture, environment, education, social relations, and social problems.
“YST has inspired many young people in the country to engage in science and innovation. Please use the opportunity to bring changes,” he said.
He said the exhibition was an excellent opportunity for teachers, students, science stakeholders, and the public to see and appreciate the scientific creativity, inquisitiveness of the young people as they present scientific projects addressing social-economic changes.
He said the exhibition was an excellent opportunity for teachers, students, science stakeholders, and the public to see and appreciate the scientific ingenuity and inquisitiveness of the young people as they present scientific projects addressing social-economic changes.
Rugwa called on other stakeholders to continue supporting the young scientists as they strive to develop their scientific potentials.
During the exhibition, a total of six projects were selected to participate in the national science competition scheduled for October this year.
Some of the schools whose students were selected for the national competition are Agha Khan Secondary School, Waamuzi Secondary School, Feza Secondary School, and Manzese Secondary School.
Recently, in a press conference, YST Executive Director Dr Gozbert Kamugisha said that at least six projects will be selected from each region to participate in the virtual science national exhibition.
He said prior to the exhibition the students will have submitted video recordings and presentations of their projects and submitted their projects reports.
He said the virtual national exhibition will be a prelude to what is called "Young Scientists Tanzania Academy Awards" to be held in November this year in Dar es Salaam.
According to him, an exhibition and awards ceremony involves overall winners of the national exhibitions, runners-up and top winners of the science categories.