Intelsat scouts for Africa’s next-gen space specialists
Satellite telecommunications network firm Intelsat has opened the application process for its Space STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.
The company said it will begin accepting and evaluating applications from teenagers across Africa.
For a third year Intelsat has partnered with MaxIQ Space, a provider of hardware development platform technology designed for STEM applications at academic institutions.
In the program, students will design, build and, for certain missions, launch satellites into space.
The companies point out that the 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.
“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 program 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.