Tynwald High School of Harare sent 2 teams to Ghana to take part in the Pan African Robotics Competitions.
There were 18 countries in this year’s edition including the USA as a special invitee. The theme was THE MAKING OF AFRICAN SMART CITIES.
To come up with a robot teams are given robot kits which they will build up and come up with a complete robot. They will be different parts including the brain, motors, sensors, connector pins to name just afew. On completion of building which is done by the engineers in the team programmers will then come in and use recommended software for programming the robot.
After programming (initial stages for testing if it is responding) they then move to the given task refered to as the mission according to PARC. The teams were TECH aged 11-15 and STARS 16-18. The Tynwald TECH team competed and went to the finals after amassing more points than the other teams.
In the final the team competed against Senegal, Ghana and Mali. They won Gold after coming first and were given a gold Trophy and a robot. The Stars team was eliminated in the first round which was won by Gambia. The teams were challenged to use Science and Technology to devise solutions for thr planning, design, management and transformation of future African Cities.
Tynwald High School Zimbabwe set an excellent record and the composition was as follows,Teams: Tech ( Tinotenda Kuipa captain and programmer, Tanyaradzwa Mutazu controller, Kevin Mugura engineer, Eunice Muringi, Clint Mbano and Louis Kajawu. Stars (Kupakwashe Madziva captain programmer, Veron Madzvimbo controller, Anesu Vhevha and Ashley Zvinavashe. The Mentors Mr Charles Matanga and Allan T Makoni
Tynwald High School was established by the late Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Lt General Vitalis Zvinavashe who was known as Sheba gava during the war of liberation.