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Zimbabwean STEM students make Bak USA their first stop on a tour of tech centers across America.

STEM students from Zimbabwe get ready to tour Bak USA.

On Monday, December 4, Bak USA was pleased to host representatives from the Zimbabwe Ministry of Higher Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development, an organization that provides accredited education programs and institutions for sustainability and global competitiveness.

Leaders from the organization were joined by STEM students from Zimbabwe who—in conjunction with the University at Buffalo Center for Integrated Global Biomedical Sciences—made Bak USA their first stop among a long list of STEM centers all over the United States.


“These kids are learning about technology, manufacturing processes, and American standards of production.”


“These kids are learning about technology, manufacturing processes, and American standards of production,” said Ikey Ajavon, a marketing specialist at Bak USA. “What they learn here in the United States, they’ll take back to Zimbabwe and share with their fellow students, their peers, and their family. They are conduits for high-tech, hands-on STEM education, and we are so excited to be able to share learning opportunities with them here in Buffalo.”

At Bak USA, the group participated in a presentation led by Bak USA’s senior business development manager, Ian Donnelly, who is no stranger to telling the Bak story.

Larry shows the STEM group Bak USA’s 2-in-1 laptop, the Atlas 12.

“We talked about how our story began as a relief effort in Haiti,” explained Donnelly. “We had a really nice conversation about what it means for Bak USA to be a social enterprise, an organization that is committed to making high-quality technology accessible to all people, especially to those who need it most—those who don’t typically have regular access to such technology.”

The group went on to tour the Bak USA manufacturing facility located on Michigan Avenue in downtown Buffalo. They also got to meet the company’s builders, engage the production team, and experience the computer building process firsthand.

“Any time our team gets the opportunity to show students our process, and to teach them how we build the device and everything that goes into our technology—we are so lucky to able to show these young people,” explained Khaled Fathallah, quality manager at Bak USA. “We look forward to similar visits from other groups.”

Throughout their two-day stay in Western New York, the group visited the University at Buffalo, Buffalo Manufacturing Works, Buffalo Academy of Science Charter School, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute before heading west to explore various sites in Silicon Valley, California.

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James A. Colombo III

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