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Intelsat and MaxIQ Space Complete Another Year of STEM-Ed in Africa

Intelsat and MaxIQ Space Complete Another Year of STEM-Ed in Africa

Satellite and terrestrial networks and leading provider Intelsat and MaxIQ Space, a pioneer in space-focused STEM education have now completed this year’s STEM Space program with student project presentations and an awards ceremony.

The innovative program, sponsored by Intelsat, has made major strides in inspiring and empowering these young participants, who are poised to be the future innovators and industry leaders of the African space sector.

This year, 30 students were chosen for the program from all over the African continent. The education provided is something students say will provide them an advantage towards achieving an advanced education.

"Through the space STEM program and MaxIQ, I've learned that boundaries are meant to be broken. We're redefining what's possible for African students in the field of space science,” said Alabi Emmanuel Aniyikaye, student participant from Nigeria.

"Attending space science workshops and working with MaxIQ has shown me that Africa has immense potential in the space industry. We're the next generation of African space pioneers," said Isingizwe Lucide Pascale, student participant from Rwanda.

Each participant received a MaxIQ modular electronics Space STEM kit, comprised of immersive, hands-on learning and experimentation in various areas related to Space and Earth Sciences. The kits, paired with virtual workshops that explored topics like understanding Earth in the context of our solar system to planning for life in Lunar or Martian habitats, provide a comprehensive view of the intricate interconnectivity between Earth and space.

Natalie Mubvuta from South Africa took home the Best Unboxing Video awards,  while the Highest Average Assignment Grade award went to Isingizwe Lucide Pascale from Rwanda. 

The Most Responsive was awarded to Isingizwe Lucide Pascale also from Rwanda and Munotidaishe Taruvinga from Zimbabwe. Other winners included Ofumgbe Ernest Arrah Ayuk from Cameroon who won the Most Punctual and Engaged award, Best Mega-Assignment was won by Eileen Vermeulen from South Africa while the Top Group Presentation went to SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities from South Africa. 

Winners will be eligible for the next round of MaxIQ education. Applications for Intelsat MaxIQ’s 2024 session will be open to submission in late 2023.







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