Intelsat Begins Application Process for STEM Programme in Africa

Republished from Intelsat's website

“Encouraging students to pursue STEM careers is Intelsat’s way of helping to develop Africa’s next generation of scientists, engineers and space enthusiasts.” Source: Intelsat

Intelsat, an operator of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks and leading inflight connectivity provider (IFC), is accepting applications to its Space STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programme from teenagers across the African continent.

This partnership with MaxIQ Space chooses high school students from across the continent to be involved in an intensive program where students design, build and launch satellites into space for specific missions. This unique opportunity is entirely virtual, with each student receiving a STEM kit and engaging in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists. Each workshop comprises lessons, practical activities, assignments and experiments.

This will be the third year Intelsat has partnered with MaxIQ Space, inspiring a love of space among teens across the African continent.

“Encouraging students to pursue STEM careers is Intelsat’s way of helping to develop Africa’s next generation of scientists, engineers and space enthusiasts,” said Hans Geldenhuys, Intelsat director of sales, Africa. “We are honoured to play a role in the MaxIQ Space program, for now, our third year.”

Intelsat will sponsor 30 scholarships for the Space STEM programme for candidates who successfully meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 14 and 18
  • Live on the African continent
  • Demonstrate a passion for and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
  • Have a clear interest in all things “Space”
  • Have access to the internet through a smart device with browser capability
  • Have browser skills
  • Are proficient in English

To apply, applicants must complete an online form and space-related quiz and submit a short explanation of why they should be selected for this unique program. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2022. To apply, students should use this link.

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About Intelsat

As the foundational architect of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s most trusted satellite telecom network. We apply our unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit, software-defined 5G network designed for simple, seamless, and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers most need it. So follow the leader in global connectivity and “Imagine Here” with us.

About MaxIQ Space

MaxIQ Space’s rapid hardware development platform is specifically designed and manufactured for STEM applications in schools and universities. Using commercial standard electronics components, students can design and build circuits, code using multiple formats and conduct experiments without specialist equipment or lab.

MaxIQ Space’s programs are developed to remove barriers to participation in the growing STEM academic field and economy. Through building, experimenting, and creating working electronic devices, crafters, students, and tinkerers learn critical STEM skills, including coding, electronics, data gathering and analysis, control, and all the principles of the Internet of Things (IoT), while engaging with the sensory environment around them.

This approach uniquely bridges the virtual worlds of software, the cloud, and big data, with students’ real-world surroundings. MaxIQ Space is recognised globally as the leader in Space STEM projects, having launched over eighty student satellites, with planned launches into the future.


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