Minister of Science & Tech should recognise that her Department can create jobs

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.

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MEDO gives young women the chance to build a satellite payload

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.

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Girl power takes to space

Too cool for school. Science and maths are losing traction as subjects in high school, yet it is becoming increasingly evident that technological fields are where employment opportunities will flourish in the future. 

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SA schoolgirls set sights on space

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.

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SA schoolgirls build and launch satellite

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.

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Cogs mesh for girls at science weekend

Using miniature satellites, helium balloons and antennae, the 14 girls from different schools took part in a seven-day boot camp hosted by the Meta Economic Development Organisation in Worcester last week.

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