Tinotenda Zimhunga and Rufaro Mutogo

2019 Honorable Mentions
Alcohol Sensors
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Tinotenda Zimhunga and Rufaro Mutogo
 

I was motivated to try to help not only myself, but also other families, to live with one less fear of the dangers on the road.

 

About the Project:

L to R: Judges Drs. Jonna Jackson and Janet Neisewander, Tinotenda Zimhunga, Judges Drs. Michelle Jobe and Cassandra Gipson-ReichardL to R: Judges Drs. Jonna Jackson and Janet Neisewander, Tinotenda Zimhunga, Judges Drs. Michelle Jobe and Cassandra Gipson-Reichard

Zimbabwe, Africa is the home of beautiful safari parks, and the gorgeous Victoria Falls, which attracts tourists from all over the world. It is also the home of 16 million people who lead regular lives with many of the challenges faced by other countries all over the world, including the United States. One of those challenges is drunk and drugged driving.

Fortunately, Zimbabwe is also home to 18-year-old Tinotenda Zimhunga and 17-year-old Rufaro Mutugo, two young scientists who, in the spring of 2019, were attending Chisipite Senior School in the country’s capital city Harare. Worried about the number of deaths caused by drunk driving every year, the pair wondered if they could improve upon systems that can be installed in cars that prevent people from driving if their breath tests over the legal limit of alcohol.

These systems, called alcohol sensors, are installed in cars for people who have struggled with impaired driving in the past, but they added a new twist.

Q&A with Tinotenda