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Young Scientists Rise

Project #
1102
Year
2016
Country
Zimbabwe
School
Brown University
Proposal
1102pro
Report
1102rpt
Students
  • Charlene Chabata

Young Scientists Rise

Convinced that a new generation of scientists could provide a vital boost to her nation’s struggling economy, and that “there is so much unlocked talent in the places where resources are scarce,” Charlene Chabata started science clubs at two high schools in the Victoria Falls region. She equipped them with microscopes and laboratory equipment, and recruited recent high school and college graduates to help her lead the middleschool- level participants through simple experiments in biology, physics and chemistry that built on their school science coursework.

After the experiments began in June, word about the program brought in new participants, for a total of 45, and during July the students shifted into developing science projects. Their work built toward a combined science-project competition and career fair, at month’s end, at Mosi oa Tunya High School, with support from the national Ministry of Labor.

“At the conclusion of the two months, we officially handed over the equipment purchased to the science clubs for continued use,” writes Charlene, who helped the students create a committee and a plan for continuing to run the clubs at the two schools.

“I was astonished by the progress that many of the children made with their projects,” Charlene adds. “Some came up with engineering concepts from scratch, and built fully functional prototypes with nothing but a few pieces of trash and rubber bands.”