Intelsat and MaxIQ Collaborate on STEM Education for Africa
Fourth Year Sees More Opportunity for Space-Minded Students
MCLEAN, Va. – Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider of inflight connectivity (IFC), is again partnering with educational resource provider MaxIQ Space to deliver STEM programming to students across Africa. Now in its fourth year, the program is accepting applications from students interested in Space STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Every year, MaxIQ Space selects 30 student participants from the hundreds of applications received. These participants receive an Intelsat MaxIQ kit at their home and join live virtual workshops with subject matter experts. Last year, for example, students successfully developed and designed a habitat for Mars. As part of their report, they were asked to demonstrate how they coded their Space STEM kit to monitor the conditions in their habitat, to ensure that it would be habitable.
“The Intelsat Space STEM program opened my eyes to the potential that exists within Africa’s youth to take part in the development of future space technologies,” said Mahlubi Radebe, a MaxIQ student from South Africa. “I am excited to become part of the next generation of scientists and engineers that will bring Africa to the forefront of global space exploration.”
As part of the sustainability curriculum, MaxIQ integrates the United Nations and UNICEF’s Sustainable Development Goals into the program’s challenges, harmonizing Space STEM education with global sustainability efforts. The program is designed to help enable African students to realize future career goals.
Additionally, a new Alumni Support Program has also been launched, providing the 37 MaxIQ Space participants from past years with a hands-on opportunity to engage in real-world space data collection and helping them to remain involved in space science into the future. Space STEM participants chosen for the current school year will be eligible for the Alumni Support Program going forward.
The 30 Intelsat-sponsored scholarships for the Space STEM program will be provided to the strongest candidates successfully meeting the following criteria:
- Are between the ages of 14 and 18
- Live on the African continent
- Demonstrate a passion for and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (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 and space-related quiz and submit a short explanation of why they should be selected for this unique program. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2023.
Intelsat’s global team of professionals is focused on providing seamless and secure, satellite-based communications to government, NGO and commercial customers through the company’s next-generation worldwide network and managed services. Bridging the digital divide by operating one of the world’s largest and most advanced satellite fleet and connectivity infrastructures, Intelsat enables people and their tools to speak over oceans, see across continents and listen through the skies to communicate, cooperate and coexist. Since its founding six decades ago, the company has been synonymous with satellite-industry “firsts” in service to its customers and the planet. Leaning on a legacy of innovation and focusing on addressing a new generation of challenges Intelsat team members now have their sights on the “next firsts” in space as they disrupt the field and lead in the digital transformation of the industry.
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About MaxIQ Space
MaxIQ Space is a pioneering organization at the intersection of education, 4IR technology, and Space STEM, committed to inspiring and nurturing future leaders in the space and satellite services industries. Founded by experts in the fields of space technology and STEM education, MaxIQ Space has developed an array of hands-on learning tools and curricula that bring cutting-edge knowledge in space sciences and earth observation to young minds. Through unique programs such as the Intelsat Africa Space STEM Program, MaxIQ Space equips the next generation with the skills and knowledge they need to excel in rapidly advancing fields.
MaxIQ Space isn’t just about providing educational resources; it’s about building a community of passionate young innovators who are poised to take on the challenges of tomorrow. The organization’s approach combines interactive workshops, practical challenges, and an alumni support program to create a holistic educational experience. These programs often go beyond theoretical knowledge, offering students the unique opportunity to engage in real-world applications such as building ground stations or developing projects that tackle the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. With a focus on inclusivity and global reach, MaxIQ Space is playing an instrumental role in shaping the future of space technology by making STEM education accessible and relevant to young people all over the world.