Young African women design Africa’s first private satellite

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Young women drawn from about 6 African countries met in Capetown, South Africa and they are the next generation of space researchers.

With precision, they worked on programming and building rovers as part of an initiative to get school girls across Africa, to help send the continent’s first privately owned satellite into space.

The programme, run by the Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO), is the first of its kind on the continent. They focused on girls because research indicates that less than 10 percent of young women in Africa are currently interested in studying science subjects in higher education.

While the ultimate goal is to produce a raft of female engineers, more ground work needs to be done in the continent.MEDO says that 80 percent of jobs will need Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) skills by the year 2020.

The satellite which is expected to launch later this year, will go right over Africa for about six weeks, literally connecting the continent and collecting valuable information.

Source: Africa News

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