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STEM programme takes African students closer to space

27 October 2021 News

Intelsat, operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network, is expanding its partnership with MaxIQ Space (formerly Xinabox) in delivering its Xinabox Space STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programme to teenagers across the African continent.

The intensive programme culminates in students designing, building and launching satellites into space. This unique opportunity is entirely virtual, with each student receiving a STEM kit and engaging in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists.

This is the second year Intelsat has partnered with MaxIQ Space, bringing the love of space to teens across the African continent. “We are honoured to play a role in the MaxIQ Space programme for a second year,” said Hans Geldenhuys, Intelsat director of sales, Africa. “Almost half of the world’s population still does not have access to broadband technology. Intelsat is committed to changing this by expanding access to broadband connectivity and investing in STEM programmes to prepare children around the globe to participate in a tech-forward future.”

Intelsat will sponsor 30 scholarships for the Space STEM programme for candidates who meet the following criteria:

• Between the ages of 14 and 18.

• Live on the African continent.

• Demonstrate a passion for and knowledge of STEM.

• Have a clear interest in all things ‘space’.

• Have access to the Internet through a smart device with browser capability.

• Have browser skills.

• Are proficient in English.

To apply, applicants must complete an online form, a space-related quiz and submit a short explanation on why they should be selected for this unique programme. The deadline to apply is 30 November 2021.

To apply, go to https://forms.gle/3Mk8xic77GLbvWjR7 (or the short URL www.dataweek.co.za/*oct21-stem).




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