Local innovation center, Impact Hub Harare is set to embark on an educative tour to Mexico City on the 18th of March to participate in the historic Global Robotics Challenge, an international event which seeks to groom high school students in various fields of robotics.
The global competition is made up of students from the age of 14 to 18 years, drawn from 175 nations across the world. Impact Hub Harare will represent Zimbabwe with a group of top students to be picked from Tynwald High School, Prince Edward School, Harare High School and other participating schools from the country’s ten provinces.
The Global Robotics Challenge’s common goal is to capacitate students with advanced knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics so that they can become the next generation of scientific leaders who will work together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, from food security and access to clean water, to finding better medicines and securing cyberspace.
Speaking to Aretha Mare from Impact Hub Harare who will lead Team Zimbabwe to the Global Robotics Challenge, she said the tour to Mexico City is a historic trip which is set to expose local students to latest global technology trends and also stir passion within the students to innovate solutions that will benefit Zimbabwe’s local industries.
“We have spent months raising funds for the students to be able to compete at this year’s competition. Our Zimbabwe Robotics Team is currently comprised of students from the following schools; Harare High, Tynwald High, St Ignatius, and St George’s and other schools across the country are coming on board after the successful adoption of the STEM program. Our vision to gain more international exposure for our local students so that they become globally competitive technocrats” added Aretha Mare.
Impact Hub Harare is the official partner of the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge in Zimbabwe. FIRST Global organizes an annual international robotics challenge to ignite a passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) among more than two billion students across the world. FIRST Global works with organizations and hubs that support the advancement of technology and innovation in their local communities.