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STEM ISEF Science & Engineering Awards 2022

Well done to Tadiswa Mafara and Tanatswa Matonda who qualified to represent Zimbabwe in the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Their journey to ISEF was captured by the National Geographic Documentary Team. ISEF is the largest preuniversity science fair in the world, with the best STEM talent from countries around the world competing in the "Olympics of Science”. This year, ISEF had 1 750 finalists from 63 countries. The fair took place in Atlanta, Georgia USA from 7 - 13 May.

Tanatswa and Tadiswa's project was categorised under the Behavioural and Social Science, entitled: "Mechatronics in a Zimbabwean Girl’s World: Cultivating Interest in STEM Among Female Students in Zimbabwe by Using Mechatronics."

At the Grand awards on Friday 13 May 2022 they came 2nd, winning $USD2000! In Tanatswa's words: "Only one other Zimbabwean has ever received a 2nd place grand award in this world-renowned competition thus far and we have now followed after the foundation she set. So far, our entire Zimbabwean team has received one special award, one 2nd place, 3rd place and 4th place award. Our delegation is setting records!!"

Congratulations to them both, for such a remarkable achievement, lifting not only the Zimbabwean flag high, but the Peterhouse Crown, too.