Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO) South Africa launched a motivating project to encourage young girls in science. MEDO has observed a shortage of technical skills required for building businesses and has launched a science, technology, engineering and mathematics focused programme to inspire young women to follow a career path in any of the fields.
At the launch of the programme on the occasion of this year’s Youth Day on 16 June, , A group of about 20 girls from across Cape Town were introduced to the programme through an interactive workshop. The young school girls are being tutored to build a private satellite.
This was part of the first stage of the project which introduces the women to electronics and the basics of practical science. The girls were led to create a jiggy bot- – tiny robots whose movements can be controlled and uses different mechanisms to move and vibrate. . During the holidays at the end of their third term, week-long camps will take place, where participants will design their satellite payload experiments and test them using high altitude weather balloons.
The girls will then be back in December, when the final payload designs will take place, and the satellite will be built for launch.
The satellite is scheduled to be launched in the first quarter of 2016 and could be Africa’s first private satellite .
According to a report on southafrica.info , building the robots fuelled the girls’ thirst for knowledge. “It’s amazing to see how all these bits come together to create something so technical and amazing,” said Siddiqah Latief of Pelican Park High School, near Zeekoevlei. She said she had started to love science and would like to build a career in the field.
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