FIVE Zimbabwean students are in Singapore for this year’s edition of the First Global Challenge of the international robotics competitions.
The five team members are Tanatswa Taremba, Tinashe Kwiri, Christwish Ushewokunze, Natalie Mupotaringa and Tavonga Musariri from Tynwald High, Queen Elizabeth and Rusape’s Milestone College, respectively.
The students, who were drawn from Harare and Manicaland provinces, will join other high school students from 196 countries.
The international robotics competition aims to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in a similar manner other sporting disciplines are celebrated.
National robotics instructor and team leader Charles Matanga said he was grateful to be part of the competitions.
“We are attending the competition against the background of scooping a gold medal in Geneva in 2022. The competition is based on professionalism. This competitions resonates well with the government mantra Education 5.0 and skills-based curriculum. It is my wish to see a robotics curriculum being introduced in Zimbabwe because innovation is not imported but comes from homegrown ideas. If the youth are given the right tools and space to express themselves, they can do wonders; things that could have been taken as fiction long ago,” he said.
First Global is a US-based non-profit public charity established by Dean Kamen to nurture cross-culture communication and cooperation among high school students from around the world through STEM.
The 2023 First Global Challenge is being held under the theme Hydrogen horizons with participants being tasked to use hydrogen robots to separate hydrogen from oxygen to produce energy.
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