FIRST Robotics Competition

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen (inventor of Segway, a two-wheeled, self-balancing personal transporter) to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. FIRST is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit, public charity based in Manchester, New Hampshire. FIRST is volunteer-driven and built on partnerships with individuals, businesses, educational institutions, and government. Some of the world’s most respected companies provide funding, mentorship time, talent, and equipment to make FIRST’s mission a reality.

FIRST commenced in 1992 and this year is the 30th season of the FIRST® Robotics Competition. The theme is DESTINATION: DEEP SPACES Presented By The Boeing Company. FIRST combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. FIRST calls the Competition the ultimate Sport for the Mind. High-school student participants call it “the hardest fun you’ll ever have.” Under strict rules, limited resources, and an intense six-week time limit, teams of students are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as a student can get.

FIRST Robotics Competition (Team Zimbabwe)

Impact Hub Harare seeks to enhance STEM education in Zimbabwe through this programme. Its not only about science and technology, this programme will also build students’ soft skills, help them to work in teams, meet friends and learn about other cultures and countries. Zimbabwe would be the second African nation to participate in the First Robotics Competition after Ethiopia!

Meet The Team


I am Danai Ellaine Hakata from Tynwald high school. I was introduced to robotics in 2017 for the FIRST global challenge. I was privileged to take part in this year’s challenge, and I’m looking forward to more robotics challenges. There are quite a number of reasons why I would like to join robotics. Firstly it is a fun way of learning how to solve problems. Furthermore, it promotes logical thinking as well as building essential social skills as we work in teams. It is the future and I would like to be part of it.

Career Aspirations: data scientist

Ngoni Zim Robotics

My name is Ngonidzashe Muzenda and I attend Mount Pleasant High School. I joined the IHH Robotics Programme because I want to change the world through technology and science. My dream job is to become a computer engineer.

My name is Letticia Vanganayi. I am 17 and a student at Harare High School. I am in Lower 6 studying Mathematics, Physics, Computers and Chemistry. I am a member of the Electronics Club at school. I am passionate about ICTs and would like to become a computer scientist. In 2016, I participated in junior parliament selections. Participating in the FIRST Global Challenge will help me become a role model for younger girls in my community, I intend to share the skills gained with many other girls. It gives me the opportunity to prove that Robotics is not a man-only field. I believe what boys can do, women can do better. Through First Global Challenge, I will get exposure to different career options, network and share ideas with peers from diverse backgrounds. I love playing around with ideas and creating new stuff. It is my desire to see my country become a digital economy, and I am preparing myself to become a leader in that area. My role in the team is to build and program. I love hanging out with my friends and spend my ‘me time’ reading novels.

My name is Gabriel Matemba and I am a boy aged 17 years. I am currently doing Form 3 at Harare High School. My role in First Global Challenge Robotics Zimbabwe Team is to design, build and control the robot. I love ICT, STEM and Robotics because it challenges my mind to think of solutions to problems encountered in the community. I use the skills acquired to find the best scientific approach to problem solving. The 2018 FIRST Global Challenge will give me the opportunity to improve my science techniques, interact and share ideas with other young people from all corners of the world. I will take this opportunity to share some of my science projects and get to know other great things that my peers are up to in their own communities. I love remaking and repurposing stuff; my mom thinks its trash but I call it the Billionaire’s Garage.

Tamuda Zim robotics

I’m a 15-year-old boy studying at St Ignatius College. My interest in Robotics and Artificial intelligence kickstarted in primary school at Courtney Selous where I was team leader of the schools Robotics team and got several accolades for some designs I came up with that could potentially solve some of the problems we are facing as a nation if implemented on a larger scale. Being in robotics has been partly made easy by constant guidance from my brother who is a software developer by profession. My ultimate dream is to one day solve the continent’s problems using robotics and artificial intelligence



My name is Tadiwanashe Mapanga, I learn at St Ignatius College. Prior to joining the robotics team, I had no history with robotics. I joined robotics because it involves both mechanics and electronics which are my subjects of interest.

I want to come up with my own ideas, introduce new machines and improve existing ones.