Intelsat Gives Back - Space STEM in Africa 2022


Intelsat has announced that the company is expanding its partnership with MaxIQ Space in delivering their Space STEM programme to teenagers across the African continent.

Announced during World Space Week, this intensive programme is mission one of a three mission space programme that culminates in students designing, building and launching satellites into space!

A video of the 2021 Mission 1.

Intelsat is unique in the delivery of this program as each student receives a XinaBox Space STEM kit at home, and engages in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists.

Intelsat is committed to expanding their delivery of services to the African continent, and in doing so is seeking budding young technologists and engineers eager to join the rapidly expanding private space technology sector.

Thirty scholarships are being sponsored by Intelsat for the Space STEM program, for successful candidates meeting the following criteria:

  • Aged between 14 and 18
  • Living 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”
  • Access to the internet, with access to a smart device for virtual workshops, i.e. to be able to run a browser-based collaboration tool
  • Browser skills
  • Good English proficiency as this program is delivered in English

Schools and science clubs will be contacted to call for applications before the deadline of 31st December 2021.

The application process requires completing an online form, completing a fun space quiz and submitting a short explanation building the case for why they should be selected for this unique program.

Call to action! Please encourage students between the ages of 14 and 18 to apply for the Space STEM programme. Space is limited to 30 scholarships worth hundreds of US Dollars each.

The process:
Step 1 - complete the application quiz at the link before the 31st December 2021
Step 2 - the MaxIQ team will shortlist the final 50 candidates
Step 3 - those on the shortlist will be contacted to arrange a Zoom interview
Step 4 - the final list of 30 will be invited to participate in the weekly workshops

The MaxIQ team will distribute modular electronics kits to the final list of 30 participants, and workshops will be held on Saturday mornings, Central African Time.

To apply use this link.