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Nedbank Offering Scholarships To Students Who Studied STEM Subjects At A’Level

Nedbank’s Education Fund is offering scholarships to STEM students. The program offers scholarships to students with a desire to study for their first degree in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). What are the requirements? Well, Nedbank lists the following; Applications must be from students who studied STEM subjects only Minimum of […]

An Ordinary Zim Couple Is Teaching Kids To Build Robots And Cities, Your Child MUST Enroll

As we move into the digital age a lot of uncertainty has begun building up. People are having sleepless nights trying to predict if their current jobs will be relevant in the next 5 years. On Techzim we’ve had a number of articles questioning the value of the education system in Zimbabwe and it seems […]

Was Jonathan Moyo’s STEM Program Really A Failure?

In 2016, the Ministy of Higher and Tertiary Education (under Jonathan Moyo at the time) introduced a national initiative that would (at least according to them) drive economic growth. This initiative was meant to boost the study of STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) at A Level and would see the government sponsor children who […]

Like Zimbabwe, U.S pushes STEM initiative as tech companies pledge $300m

The US government under president Trump has made it a priority to prepare students for careers in technology. The Trump administration has been directing money towards bolstering science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) education. In the same week that Trump directed the Education Department to put $200m in grant money towards computer science education, tech […]

How I Taught my 6-year old Daughter about 5G and Self-Driving Cars

This story first appeared on GC Diaries blog (reshared with permission) I was driving my family to church last Sunday morning when, like in most boardrooms today,  my daughter and I struck a conversation about 5G. It went like this: Eliecia: Daddy, what would it be like if the car could drive itself so you […]

STEM focused Robert Mugabe University will cost $1 billion & Zimbabweans are angry

Yesterday, the government announced that it has approved the spending of at least US $1 billion to establish a STEM focused university in honour of President Robert Mugabe. The amount allocated to the university is equivalent to about a quarter of Zimbabwe’s annual budget. The Minister of Higher & Tertiary Education, Science & Technology Development, Jonathan Moyo, announced […]

1,500 students currently receiving free education through Zimbabwe’s STEM initiative

There are at least 1,500 students across Zimbabwe that are currently getting a free education as part of the national STEM Initiative launched in 2016. According to Open Parly this information was recently shared with a parliamentary committee by the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Professor Jonathan Moyo. Zimbabwe’s STEM Initiative which was introduced at the start […]

Ministry of Education’s new high school curriculum sets 10 subject maximum, computers & other STEM subjects optional

The Ministry of Education which has been rolling out a new curriculum for Primary and Secondary Education in Zimbabwe recently shared some guidelines on subjects set for Ordinary Level students. According to the Sunday Mail, the Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Dr. Lazarus Dokora, indicated that the government had set 10 subjects as the […]

Zimbabwe bags award in first appearance at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair

Despite this being a maiden appearance the Zimbabwean team walked away with an accolade. It received the Wolfram Research Award which is one of the special awards presented to honour notable exhibitions.

Zimbabwe’s STEM initiative gains traction as latest figures show 3,404 students assisted

According to figures released by the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, as at 11 March 2016 the STEM initiaitive has so far benefitted 3,404 students across the country’s 10 provinces.

STEM in Zimbabwe will fail without devolution of government

I attended six schools during my six years of secondary education. I lived in all kinds of conditions and I saw a lot but if there is one thing that stood out, it was the gap that exist between the opportunities to advance for an urban versus a rural school. It is my firm belief […]

STEM will not solve our lack of dreams

STEM will help nobody if we do not know how to use it. 10 years ago an American company supplied us with a PCR machine for detection and quantification of HIV. So to initiate a chain reaction we needed what is called a primer and we used to run out of this stuff. There was […]

These Zimbabwean techies are bringing Twitter, Mozilla execs to a week-long training program

Techwomen Zimbabwe, a local organisation which has been championing the inclusion of girls and women in STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related careers and fields, will be hosting a delegation of women from Silicon Valley from the 21st to the 27th of February 2016.

STEM as a buzzword

I will start off with a disclaimer – I am an avid technologist who was fortunate to get a good STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education before it was called that. Heck, even the ‘Tech’ in TechZim in in the acronym. That said, “STEM education” has become surprisingly popular of late, it is at risk […]

Zimbabwe’s 2015 O’Level STEM performance & how it informs the STEM strategy

The Zimbabwean Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education has made it clear that Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects have strategic economic importance and are a priority. It is so much a priority that students taking up STEM subjects at A Level have been offered free education by the government. With this mind we looked the just released November 2015 ZIMSEC O’Level […]

NetOne’s $600 million wish, free education for STEM students, USF increases – Weekly Podcast

In this episode which was recorded “On The Go”, we discussed NetOne’s $600 million wish, the increase in the USF contributions, unlimited internet from Powertel and the well-received offer for free education extended to STEM students.

STEM students at public schools in Zimbabwe offered free education

Students that are registering for Advanced Level science subjects at public schools are going to get a free education after an announcement was made that the government will cover their full school and boarding fees.

The 2015 edition of Zimbabwe’s RoboFEST to be held next month

This years RoboFEST robotics and automation competition will be held from 31 July to 1 August at Gateway High School. Confidence will be high this in this edition after last years event attracted 10 teams, some from underprivileged backgrounds who designed and built robots after only having learnt how to use a computer 4 weeks before.

Techwomen takes Technovation Challenge to communities in Harare

A couple of days ago Techwomen Zimbabwe kicked off the 2015 edition of the Technovation Challenge in Harare with a different approach from last year’s competition. The challenge, which is focused on imparting tech skills to school girls from different walks of life was held at the Hypercube hub last year which acted as a central […]

The Technovation Challenge draws to a close

Yesterday the Technovation Challenge drew to a close with the first prize for the Senior High School category going to Eaglesvale High School’s Technogeeks team for their EagleApp. A two member team called Geek Charming took first place in the Junior School category for their Uripi application. According to an article on Mobile Learning Zone […]

Techwomen Zimbabwe targeting 50% representation in all STEM professions

Techwomen Zimbabwe, the organisation spearheading the global technology entrepreneurship program for girls called the Technovation challenge in Zimbabwe, is targeting 50% representation in all Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) professions. Speaking during the Techwoman Zimbabwe presentation held on Tuesday at the US embassy public affairs office, Rumbidzai Mlambo and Aretha Mare (founding members of […]

Interview: Kenyon Stamps, co-ordinating science & tech initiatives in Zimbabwe

For those of you that have been wondering (and asking) about the people behind last week’s school Robotics tournament, this will answer those questions and more. We interviewed Kenyon Stamps, the founder of the Trust for Education in Science and Technology (TEST) who are the coordinators of the FIRST LEGO League tournament in Zimbabwe. We […]