Following a report in the Cape Times, the Democratic Alliance (DA) would like to congratulate the SpaceTrek programme that has successfully aided its alumni to construct, calibrate and launch a satellite. It has been the DA’s contention that skills development in the science and innovation space should be the apex priority of the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, in an effort to create jobs for the millions of young South Africans who are without employment and face being unemployed upon completing school.
On 18 June 2015, MEDO hosted a discussion and presentation for its Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme. The idea with the programme is very simple, get more women to get involved in those fields. And earlier this month, 05 January to 11 January 2016, the programme culminated with SpaceTrek, a week long bootcamp held at High Africa Conference Center in Worcester.
The 14 high school pupils are alumni from the inaugural SpaceTrek camp, the second stage of the Women in Stem Space Programme run by the Meta Economic Development Organisation (Medo), a non-profit organisation. The programme is being run in collaboration with Morehead State University in the US.
A group of 14 high school girls from Cape Town who began a project to launch Africa’s first private satellite into space, have just completed a bootcamp with space experts to prepare them for the second and final phase of the project – the launch.
Supporters and representatives of sponsors joined businesspeople, professors, engineers and scientists – quite possibly including a scattering of cosmonauts and rocket scientists – in Cape Town on Monday to hear 14 South African schoolgirls report back on their successful mission to construct, calibrate and launch a satellite into near space.