The programme will be virtual, with each student receiving a STEM kit and engaging in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists.
Satellite operator Intelsat has launched the second year of its MaxIQ Space (formerly Xinabox) Space STEM programme for 30 new students.
In the second year, Intelsat has now expanded the programme to include students from all over the continent including South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, Egypt, and Uganda.
This programme involves students in designing, building and launching satellites into space. This opportunity is entirely virtual, with each student receiving a STEM kit and engaging in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists.
Mission 1 of the programme begins once students receive their modular electronics Space STEM kits. Students will then be guided via virtual STEM teachers through 10 workshops spanning four months.
Speaking about the programme, Hans Geldenhuys, Director, Sales-Africa, Intelsat, said: “We are proud to renew and grow our partnership with MaxIQ Space in Africa and build the pipeline of the next generation of satellite engineers. Sparking that tech interest at such a young age inspires future leaders who will soon lead the way with advancements we never dreamed possible.”
During last year’s mission, students used the MaxIQ modular electronics space STEM kits and educational programmes to design and build satellites that could feasibly launch into space. In the final project, students used their satellites to monitor the sustainability of the planet, following UN Sustainable Development Goals. Most of the participants were high school seniors and used this opportunity to help launch their educational careers in STEM-related fields.