Space Prep brings tech workshops to communities

MEDO’s Treppie truck sponsored by ISUZU Trucks has been taking on the Cape Town tech industry one high school, one truck-full of young women at a time. Teaching basic electronic workshops that culminate in the building of a mini robot, we are greeted with excitement and enthusiasm that can’t be measured elsewhere. 

Students from Siphamandla High School outside Treppie

‘Treppie’, short for entrepreneur is MEDO’s socio-economic mobile incubator. Kitted with state-of-the-art technology, Treppie is able to drive into the heart of any community to offer assistance to local high schools open to a half day workshop around electronics. Taboo Mpephya, Sace Programme manager runs the programme, and being a recent engineering graduate herself, she is the perfect representative of the empowering effects of STEM to young women. “What the programme and the satellite is all about, is to inspire so that we have more people doing well in Science and Maths at school not only to become engineers, but teachers and a whole array of other professions. It is predicted that 80% of all future jobs are STEM related, with almost double the pay of non-STEM related careers. So what we are trying to do is to give these young women the best chance out there,” Tebogo explains.

Here are Space Prep’s dates for the rest of the year:

24 October: Matthew Goniwe High School
31 October: Dr Nelson Mandela High School
7 November: Fezeka High School
14 November: Pelikan park High School
21 November: South Peninsula High School

The half-day workshops are at no cost to either students or schools, except for time and attention. Should you like your school to host a workshop in 2016, be sure to email Tebogo for arrangements.

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