The Zimbabwe Science Fair 2023

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

Registration for the Zimbabwe Science Fair 2023 edition opens on 01 November 2022.
The Fair will be held on 22 - 24 February 2023.

Congratulations to our Zimbabwean delegation to the 2022 Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) which was held in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. The Regeneron ISEF is the world's biggest pre-university science competition.
Zimbabwean young scientists to Regeneron ISEF 2022 earned the following grand and special awards:

  • First Place USAID Science for Development Award ($5000 cash)

  • Second Place Grand Award in Behavioral and Social Sciences Category ($2000 cash)

  • Third Place Grand Award in Energy: Sustainable Materials and Design Category ($1000 cash)

  • Fourth Place Grand Award in Environmental Engineering Category ($500 cash)

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 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.

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 OR through our WhatsApp here. To successfully register on our WhatsApp, participants are required to send the following: project title, project abstract (typed text or as a file), full name, school name, age, and proof of registration fee payment). 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 - Students would need to submit the project abstract during registration.
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.
Please click here for the suggested template.
Deadline for the submission of abstract is 05 February 2022.


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 AwardsEach 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

  • Society for Science Community Innovation 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

Name of FinalistSchoolProject TitleProject Category
Ruvimbo MwedziChishakwe Secondary SchoolA novel sustainable ovenEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Lucy ChiwakaOakwood AcademyLimXEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Tinovimbanashe ChibandaQueen Elizabeth HighCombatting land pollution by using food waste as source of electricityEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Tinotendanashe RupereSt Augustine's HighTinotenda Rupere's induced G-spot effect theorem.Physics
Mercy ThomoMorgan HighImproving shelf life of horticultural producePlant Sciences
Memory BvungoDominican ConventTypa-Cattail (Reed) biofuelEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Tapiwa Muvungani, Wellington Mapise & Hope MadondoSTAR Leadership Academy, Harare International School & St Faith's HighPerpetual energy living spaceEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Takunda MapiroWestridge PrimaryA solar hydrogen fuel generatorEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Kanika GuptaWestridge PrimarySuper diet barEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Munashe KagodoKutama CollegeActive recall: Using science to determine the most effective learning and memorisation techniqueBehavioural & Social Sciences
Panashe MuziteNyatsime CollegeInternet of Things smart farmers toolEnvironmental Engineering
Elisa Diop-WeyerHarare International SchoolDiagnosing Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis through machine learning via biomarkers: a gradient boost centred approachRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Tinevimbo MusingandiMabvuku HighA novel AI flood warning system and gadgetEarth & Environmental Sciences
Taidaishe MbizvoQueen Elizabeth HighCottonseed for ending hungerCellular & Molecular Biology
Vimbai ChatindoQueen Elizabeth HighChlorophyll solar cellEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Aasia SialChisipite Senior SchoolHandy capRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Blessings NcubePlumtree HighMotion blaneRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Samantha KasekeQueen Elizabeth HighCarbon dioxide adsorbent ecofriendly porous coordination polymerMaterials Science
Ruvarashe MutamaQueen Elizabeth HighExtracting humic acids from banana peels to reduce the risks of salinisationEarth & Environmental Sciences
Tumelo MawoyoForward In Faith Christian CollegeLe RobinetEnvironmental Engineering
Adrian MachinguraMother Touch SeniorSmart IoT power boxEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Praise NdlovuUSAP Community SchoolThe smart way of waiting for a busRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Talent KorongaUSAP Community SchoolOnline ID and birth certificate application systemRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Lettitia ZirevaWestridge PrimaryFume InvaderEnvironmental Engineering
Danai ManikwaQueen Elizabeth HighCooling solar panels to increase electrical efficiencyEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Nyaradzo MutitiSt George's CollegeWaste not, Want not: Turning mud into energy using a microbial fuel cellEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Kudzai MangoroUSAP Community SchoolEradication of epileptic seizuresBiomedical & Health Sciences
Ruvarashe MoyoQueen Elizabeth HighSARS-Cov-2 detected in sewage, A potential health risk for people in ZimbabweBiomedical & Health Sciences
Charity ChiraraGodfrey Higgins PrimaryDetermining the electrical conductivity and resistivity of materials 
Mutsawashe MahundiHilbright Science CollegeSearch and rescue assistant robot with supply dispenserRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Ruvarashe Matonda & Tadiswa MafaraPeterhouse GirlsMechatronics in a Zimbabwean girl's worldRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Blossom SvinurayiQueen Elizabeth HighInvestigating behavioural effects associated with hookahBehavioural & Social Sciences
Diane MlamboWestridge HighSolution to global waste problem: Thermo-acoustic incinerator to destroy waste with the aid of plasma and an air purifierEarth & Environmental Sciences
Princess ChiduuroQueen Elizabeth HighWater purification using waste materialChemistry
Tanaka ChiraraZRP HighIndoor air pollution reduction systemEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Osirumiji IhudeSeke 2 HighGreen EnergyEnvironmental Engineering
Rachel MakonyeQueen Elizabeth HighMarine mercury and plastic filterEnvironmental Engineering
Dylan MasvingeRoyal CollegeSmart automated home gardenRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Lakeisha ChiwombeWestridge PrimaryAir purifierEnvironmental Engineering
Sylvester ChibidzaHarare HighSiltan browserRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Grace NyakaromboFirst Choice PrivateWaste GeyserEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Shammah TayengwaQueen Elizabeth HighA novel electromagnetic approach for water purificationMaterials Science
Nyasha GonzoQueen Elizabeth HighGarbage fuel cellEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Tinodaishe MatakaWestridge HighEstimating ethanol content in liquid samples by measuring loss in mass of ethanolChemistry
Latasha ChikomoWestridge HighAn investigation on how the concentration of ascorbic acid vary with temperature in oranges.Chemistry
Kirsty MusanduMaranatha Christian HighMicrobial fuel electricity generationEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Omar Chinyanga, Nyaradzo Mutiti & Stanley MadziyireSt George's CollegeDevelopment of a low-cost highly efficient filter for heavy-metal and organic containment removalEnvironmental Engineering
Zawadi KaundaWestridge PrimaryWater boiling alert alarmRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Salma MaodzwaQueen Elizabeth HighProduction, collection, storage and utilisation of woodgas in lampsEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Abdullah SialWestridge PrimaryNano-nutritionChemistry
TawananyashaNyatsime CollegeSmart hydroponic gardenRobotics & Intelligent Machines
Makatendeka ChibandaAllan Wilson HighTransforming sewage sludge and struvite into organic fertiliser to enhance plant yieldChemistry
Panashe MutumbiQueen Elizabeth HighJet fuelEnvironmental Engineering
Amina OmarQueen Elizabeth HighAlgae biofuelEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Tinemufaro KasekeWestridge PrimaryHow to charge a powerbank using a scooter and skateboardEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Blessed Kutyauripo & Atupele PhiriPrince EdwardElectric StepEnergy: Sustainable Materials & Design
Charmaine TinarwoQueen Elizabeth HighMaking plastic waste more valuableChemistry
Tanyaradzwa SajeniHarare HighAgritrade exchange marketOther
Chiedza MutitiQueen Elizabeth HighClimate ChangeEarth & Environmental Sciences