Developing scarce and critical skills in space science and technology

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.

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Girls learn basics of practical science

About 150 young girls were introduced to electronics and the basics of practical science paving the way for young women in science, technology, engineering and maths (Stem) during an intensive space preparation workshop.

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Africa’s #Smartgirl era has arrived

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. 

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Satellite initiative to launch women into science

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.

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