#ZimStartup: Queen Elizabeth High Student Majoni, A Shooting Star

A Zimbabwean girl from Queen Elizabeth High School recently received a University of Arizona scholarship  at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

For her battery made from potato paste, Pelagia Majoni and her team outsmarted 1778 #IntelISEF finalists from 78 countries.

Majoni who is a Zimbabwe Science Fair mentee walked away with $1 500 for her project “Potatoes Are the Ultimate Solution to our Electricity Problems in Zimbabwe.”

Her mentor Knowledge Chikundi who is the director of Zim Science Fair could not hide his excitement.

“She has done it for my country and continent, her school and family, and has made a name for herself. Well done Pelagia Majoni.
For her battery made from potato paste, the University of Arizona has awarded her a scholarship at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair today,” he posted on his Facebook timeline.

Zimbabwe fully represented at Intel science fair

As if this was not enough, an asteroid will be named after a Zimbabwean.

“On top of that, the team carries a cash prize, scholarship, inspiration, experience and new friendships home as the 68th Intel ISEF in Los Angeles comes to an end. Well done my young scientists. Yes these young ladies are awesome. They are my inspiration!,” added Chikundi.

Congratulatory messages have been pouring in from family and friends.

QE girl flies Zim Flag High 2

IntellSEF is a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. The competition featured nearly 1,800 young scientists selected from 425 affiliated science fairs in 78 countries, regions and territories.


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