ZIMBABWE SCIENCE FAIR

Recognising and empowering Zimbabwe's most promising young scientists and engineers who are developing ideas that could solve society’s grand challenges.



Zimbabwe Science Fair 2022 Application Now Open!


Our new Science Fair Bootcamp teaches you everything you need to do a good science fair project. The next bootcamps will be running on the following dates:

  • 3 - 7 January 2022

  • 10 - 14 January 2022

Congratulations Zimbabwean delegates to the 2021 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair(ISEF)!

The Zimbabwe Science Fair is proud of the Zimbabwean team to the Regeneron ISEF, the world's biggest pre-university science competition. The team scooped the following awards:
Arizona State University Scholarship Award
Oracle Academy Cash Award (US$5000)
Edison International Cash Award (US$1000)
Raytheon Technologies Cash Award (US$1000)
China Association for Science & Technology Cash Award (US$1200)

How To Participate

Zimbabwe's Biggest and Most Prestigious Science Competition

Started in 2014 with two schools in one province, the Zimbabwe Science Fair has grown over the years to attract thousands of entries from all the 10 provinces of Zimbabwe.

Check out the Virtual Zimbabwe Science Fair 2021

Our young scientists have gone on to shine in the major international science competitions

Changing the World

Our young scientists are using science, technology and engineering to solve the grand challenges in their communities. From creating solar powered mealie grinding mills to creating novel mineral processing tools for small-scale mining communities, they want to change things. And, we empower them!

Science Shows

Our ongoing travelling science exhibition engages school children and the public in extraordinary science shows using low cost, everyday materials. Our science schools have engaged over 100 000 learners and teachers since 2016.

Science & Technology Bootcamps

Our highly immersive science and technology bootcamps equip participants with skillsets and knowledge in exponential technology areas.

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PARTICIPATION RULES
Participation in the Zimbabwe Science Fair is contingent upon abiding by the rules stated below:

1. The Zimbabwe Science Fair (ZSF) is open to all primary, high school and pre-university students studying in Zimbabwe schools and who are below the age of 19 years as of 1 May 2022. Shortlisted applicants from the pre-judging round will participate in the Zimbabwe Science Fair final judging round.
2. Projects for ZSF can be submitted either as an individual or a team project. Each ZSF team must comprise not more than three members.
3. Only one project (individual or team) can be submitted per student. Students who submit more than one project may be disqualified from the competition.
4. Interested applicants must successfully complete the online registration by 05 February 2022 for their projects to be considered in the entry of the competition. Late online registrations will not be entertained.
5. As ZSF is an Affiliated Fair of ISEF, it is necessary for ZSF participants to familiarise themselves with the ISEF International Rules and Guidelines as those rules are applicable to ZSF as well.
6. Top winners of ZSF who are chosen to represent Zimbabwe in the ISEF and other international science competitions must be Zimbabweans or residents of Zimbabwe.
7. For a research project to be eligible for ZSF, only research work conducted between 1 January 2021 and 04 February 2022 should be reported. The total duration of research done should not exceed 365 days.
Judging of projects will be based on the criteria which can be found below.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE
The timeline for registration and submission of projects is provided below for reference:

REGISTRATION - each participant is required to complete the registration form which can be accessed here. Registration closes on 05 February 2022.

REGISTRATION FEE PAYMENT - the registration fee for participating in the Zimbabwe Science Fair 2022 is ZW$1000. Proof of payment must be attached on the registration form. For registration fee payment, here are the bank details:
Name of Account - Science House For African Youth Institute
Account Number - 01124836130014
Bank - CBZ
Branch - Kwame Nkrumah

SUBMISSION OF ABSTRACT AND REPORT - Students would need to submit the following project documents during registration: Abstract and Report.
Project Abstract is a concise summary of the report with no more than 250 words or less than 1800 characters, which will be used during project judging and for visitors during the public day. It should not include acknowledgements (such as the name of the school, name of mentor or research institutions) or external endorsements.
Project Report describes the actual laboratory, field or theoretical research (not library research) for the project. It should involve ideas and preferably, data generated by the student.

Credit should be given to the appropriate source and reference.

It should include (a) Background and Purpose of the research area, (b) Hypothesis of the research, (c) an Experimental section including Methods and Results, (d) Conclusion including a Discussion of the Results and Implications and (e) Bibliography of References.

Students are advised not to exceed five pages, inclusive of data in tables, figures and diagrams. References and appendices do not count towards the five-page limit. To ensure fairness across submission, judges have been advised that they can ignore any part of a report that exceeds the five-page limit.
Instructions will be emailed to all registered participants.

Please click here for the suggested template.
Deadline for the submission of abstract and report is 05 February 2022.

SCIENCE FAIR BOOTCAMP

Doing a science fair project for the first time can be daunting. Our Bootcamp will guide you through everything you need to do a good science fair project.
Over the course of 5 sessions, you will work closely with your instructor and guest experts to acquire knowledge and skills on the following:

  • project ideation and narrative

  • research plan development

  • science process and engineering process

  • variables in experiments

  • scientific report writing

  • rules and presentation guidelines

You will come out of the Bootcamp with a good project, research plan and science project report.
There are virtual and in-person options for the bootcamps. Participants will be placed in small groups. Instructors will also give opportunities for one-on-one sessions.
Each bootcamp consists of 5 sessions over 5 days. Each session is two hours long.
The cost of participation is US$100. The Zimbabwe Science Fair wants to ensure that participation fees do not pose a barrier for any students who wish to participate.There are scholarship and discount opportunities for those who cannot afford the full fee. To apply for partial or full bootcamp scholarship, complete this form.
The next bootcamps will be on 3 - 7 January and 10 - 14 January 2022. To enrol in one of the bootcamps, click the button below.

Zimbabwe Science Fair Awards

Each year, hundreds of Zimbabwe's young top STEM talent get rewarded in the Zimbabwe Science Fair through awards, prizes and scholarships. The 2022 edition of the Science Fair will see finalists getting Grand Awards (from the Zimbabwe Science Fair) and Special Awards (by individuals and organisations representing a wide variety of scientific disciplines).

2022 Grand and Special Awards

  • Association for Women Geoscientists Award

  • BUCA IMSEF Award

  • China Adolescents Science and Technology Innovation Contest (CASTIC) Finalist Award

  • Eskom Expo for Young Scientists Finalist Award

  • Genius Olympiad Finalist Award

  • Grand Award (1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place)

  • International Forum for Scientific Youth “Step into the Future” Award

  • National Biotechnology Authority Award

  • Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) Finalist Award

  • South African Youth Engineering and Science Symposium (SAYESS) Finalist Award

  • Society for In Vitro Biology Award

  • Sustainable Development Award by Ricoh USA, Inc.

  • U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) Science Champion Award

  • VC^2 Award

  • Yale Science & Engineering Association Award