Intelsat is bringing the love of space to teenagers across the African continent as we welcome 30 new students to the second year of our MaxIQ Space (formerly Xinabox) Space STEM (space, technology, engineering and math) program.
The popular and intensive program 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.
In the second year, Intelsat expanded the program to include 30 students from all over the continent including South Africa, Rwanda, Nigeria, Egypt and Uganda.
Mission 1 of the program 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.
“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,” said Hans Geldenhuys, Director, Sales-Africa, Intelsat. “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 programs 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 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals. Participants learned about climate monitoring, as well as transportation and methane pollution.
Last year’s finalists received prizes and certificates of appreciation.
Most of the participants were high school seniors and used this opportunity to help launch their educational careers in STEM-related fields.