12 Zim teens shine at Pan African Robotics competition

By Patience Nyagato

Zimbabwean teens continue to prove they have what it takes to rise to the top, with a 12-Member Robotics Team clinching the first runner up position at the Pan African Robotics Competition held in Senegal recently.

After the victory of the Zimbabwe Moot Court Team that recently conquered Europe and the entire world, the 12-member Robotics Team from Tynwald School is the latest to fly high the country’s flag after qualifying for the Global Robotics Competition slated for Switzerland in October.

“We are coming from Pan African Robotics Competition which is a continental showcase where countries from around Africa compete, exhibiting their expertise in robotics. This time, the overall ranking is 4th out of fifteen. In October, we are taking five students from Zimbabwe to Switzerland for their first global robotics competition, which happens in an Olympics style. Students will be drawn from all over the world. We hope robotics will be cascaded to all schools,” Charles Matanga, national robotics coach said.

Team representative Tafadzwa Mutisi is optimistic of their chances at the world context.

“It was a very tough competition – we did our best. But with more practice since we now know what is expected at that level. We can do better even at the world robotics competition.”

Out of the 12, only five will represent the country at the world competition, with calls for authorities to introduce such clubs at all schools.