Empowering young women to follow careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) is under the spotlight today at a SPACE PREP workshop in Cape Town where senior representatives from the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) are involved in assisting young learners to build small, programmable robotic rovers. The event is part of the Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO) SPACE programme to equip school girls in Africa with STEM skills to compete and thrive in a digital future.
Africa is about to launch its first private satellite. Scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2016, the launch will make MEDO, or the Meta Economic Development Organization, the first private company in Africa to build a satellite and send it into orbit.
One, in the area of access there is an innovative initiative to launch non-commercial satellites into space with the help of school girls that is being pioneered by MEDO in Cape Town, South Africa. This inspiring initiative and others like it will go a long way towards renewing interest in STEM training among teenage school girls: literally helping them understand that the sky is the limit.
Lift off! Africa’s first ever private satellite is to be launched in mid-2016. What makes this exciting story all the more extraordinary, is that it is South African schoolgirls who are helping to construct the payload for the satellite.
(Spanish Newspaper) El proyecto busca incentivar las carreras de ciencias entre las mujeres que participan. El satélite se lanzará a mediados de año.
June 2015 saw MEDO, The Meta Economic Development Organisation, launching an ambitious Space Programme with the aim of encouraging young women to enter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related fields.
Traditionally, technological fields in South Africa has been male-dominated, but the planned launch of Africa’s first privately owned satellite later this year is widely expected to kick-start transformation of the landscape. The satellite project is under an ambitious programme created by MEDO (Meta Economic Development Organisation) to spark girls’ interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers, which is decidedly male-dominated.
If the Department of Science and Technology would focus on teaming up with other government departments to back science projects such as the MEDOsat1 private satellite and SpaceTrek programme, it could help to create millions of jobs in South Africa, the DA has said.