Terry Goss High wins US$3 000 science award 

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Mirror Reporter

CHIREDZI – Terry Goss High in Triangle has become the first school to win the Zimbabwe Sugarcane Association Experiment Station (ZSAES) Schools Science Competitions aimed at stimulating children’s interest in sciences.

The Terry Goss team led by Archford Chasepa and comprising of Talkmore Matumbike  and Bornfree Marecha received US$3 000 cash prize at a function held at a Lowveld Science Competitions held at Triangle Country Club on Thursday.

More than US$5 000 worth of cash prizes were snapped by the winning schools and these were sponsored by Turning Point Investments. Other non-monetary prizes came from Fleck Auto.

ZSAES director, Dr Rufaro Mabveni said the competitions should challenge students to come up with innovative and creative ideas to solve real life problems.

The Thursday function was attended by  various sugarcane farmers, District Schools Inspector, Petronella Nyangwe, Clevers Hotel, Tongaat Hulett among others.

“We introduced these competitions this year in order to instill a sense of community and social responsibility in our future leaders,” said Mabveni.

Hippo Valley High came second in the competitions and went home with a cash prize of US$1500 and their entry was a motor induced electric generator. The Hippo Valley High team comprised of Chrispen Chirume, Obey Chidzanga, Tatenda Mutori, Prince Munjanja and Smart Maringira.

Mkwasine came 3rd position and its project was on an incubator and they team walked away with US$500. The team comprised Prosper Mashamba and Tarirai Rashidzai.

There are four schools that entered the competition and Mleme High got a consolation prize of a tablet phone for their project on mbwire mbwire spices. They also got an undisclosed amount of money and the competitor was  Onesimus Mahutse.

 “We are happy for the prizes. I would like to call it sponsorship because the money will go a long way in encouraging other learners to be creative and innovative,” said Nyangwe on the sidelines of the function.

The Terry Goss team invented a haulage cleaner which is used for cleaning roads of sugarcane that would have fallen from lorries. Chasepa said he came up with the idea after he was touched by employees using manual wired sticks to sweep fallen cane from the road.

Terry Goss Physics teacher who supervised the project, Erick Maregere said he was amazed when Chasepa came up with the idea.

“Chasepa came up with the idea and I saw that it was indeed brilliant and we are happy that his innovation has seen us winning the top prrize led us to win this top prize,” said Maregere.

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