Macdonald Chirara, a young Zimbabwean scientist won big at the 2018 edition of the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA.
Zimbabwe had sent five students to the competition, but it was Macdonald Chirara, a student from ZRP (Borrowdale) High School who won fourth place in Physical Sciences with his projected titled, Electricity from Living Water Hyacinth Plants Enhanced Biogas Production.
“The purpose of the project was to enhance the efficiency of anaerobic digestion using water hyacinth and electricity generation by heating thermoelectric modules using bio gas. This project also sought to provide an alternative application to the use of bio gas produced from homemade bio-digester,” said Chirara.
For coming fourth, Chirara won US$500.
Prior to winning 4th place in America, his project had gained regional attention winning gold at the North Gauteng Senior Science Expo last year.
The Intel ISEF is a program of the Society for Science & the Public the world’s largest international pre-college science competition in the world.
Macdonald Chirara, is a member of the Zimbabwe Science Fair that made up the Zimbabwean delegation at the competition. The Zimbabwe Science Fair Expressed gratitude over the opportunity to take part in the competition, having received a lot of exposure and empowerment from taking part.
Zimbabwe Science Fair is a research and technology inspired platform which strives to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education.
The Society partners with Intel—along with dozens of other corporate, academic, government and science-focused sponsors—who provide the support and awards for Intel ISEF.
The competition was heavily attended with approximately 1,800 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories competing for the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for on average $4 million in prizes.
The studying of science subjects has been growing in the world, with STEM subjects being at the centre of changing the world in various aspects.