Maymoonah Stegmann, 16-year-old eleventh grader from the South Peninsula High School in Cape Town recently attended our Space Prep workshop from our Young Women in STEM programme. We caught up with the young lady to find out her thoughts on STEM, MEDO and that very exciting satellite…
I really enjoyed it very much and thought it was quite interesting. I was so happy to get the opportunity to learn and see the technology used to build a Jiggybot and actually for a Space Program.
What did you enjoy about it?
I was very excited and enjoyed the learning part the most especially how to build a Jiggybot. It was captivating and challenging, but so much fun.
What did you learn on the day?
I learnt a lot of things but about how to solder. We also learnt how to build a circuit to construct the Jiggybot. I also learnt more about what about this Space Program and what it’s all about.
What do you want to study after school? Why?
I would lke to go into teaching profession because I really enjoy working with children. I feel that knowledge and education is so important for our future generations.
Did the workshop open up ideas of other avenues to study? How/why?
I would love to be part of this Space Program and hope that I meet the requirements to do so. The more I learn, the better decision I can make for my study choices and might even consider this field of interest.
Do you want to join the next workshop, Space Trek?
Yes I would really love to join the workshop and get to know more about Payloads, Satellites and Space.
Why would you like to join Space Trek?
It will be a very good experience for me and for me who has never imagined helping with something as big as this, it will be a challenging yet interesting and fun adventure.
Does the idea of designing the payload for the satellite excite you? Why?
Yes it definitely does, as I have never heard or done something like this before and it sounds amazing.
Have you ever imagined yourself designing a payload for a satellite?
I never I would have the opportunity of being part of such an amazing project.
Why do you think young women are less inclined to follow a STEM related degree and career?
Most of the young women are not interested in STEM because they might think they think they won’t be able to do it or they just imagine that it is better for the men to do it but I think we young women are fully capable.
Do you think this mindset needs to change, why?
Yes because young women need to be inspired to take on projects like this and be independent instead of just thinking it’s impossible.
What is your final message to other young women like yourself about STEM, MEDO and Space Prep?
My message would be that to try learn more about this new and exciting venture. Also to be more confident and not to be afraid or hold back on anything, if this program can help young women then why not give it a go?