Zimbabwe’s Tynwald High School Qualifies For Global Robotics Competition

Zimbabwe’s Tynwald High School has qualified for this year’s global robotics competition.

The school qualified after beating 11 countries at the Pan African robotics competition held in Dakar, Senegal.

The Harare high school became the fourth to qualify for the global competition set for Switzerland in October.

The 12-Member Robotics Team clinched the first runner-up position at the Pan African Robotics Competition.

The national robotics coach, Charles Matanga, told the State broadcaster ZBC that only 5 students will be going to Switzerland for the global robotics competition.

This will be the first time the students participate in the global robotics competition. He said he hopes other schools will consider introducing robotics following Tynwald High School’s exploits at the Pan African Robotics Competition.

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Matanga said:

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.

Team representative Tafadzwa Mutisi is optimistic about their chances at the world robotics competition. Tafadzwa said:

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.

In related news, the Zimbabwe Moot Court Team that was recently crowned champions of Europe returned to a heroes’ welcome.

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The team arrived on Thursday last week and was met at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport by families, schoolmates, teachers and sponsors.

The team was drawn from four high schools: Dominican Convent, Peterhouse, Midlands Christian College and Arundel.

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