Intelsat and Xinabox to Teach STEM to More Students in Africa

Intelsat, the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial network operator, is expanding its partnership with MaxIQ Space (formerly Xinabox) in delivering its Xinabox Space STEM (space, technology, engineering, and mathematics) program to teenagers across the African continent.

The intensive program culminates in students designing, building, and launching satellites into space. In addition, this unique opportunity is entirely virtual. Each student will receive a STEM kit and engage in virtual workshops delivered by space education specialists. This is the second year Intelsat has partnered with MaxIQ Space to bring the love of space to teenagers across Africa.

“We are honoured to play a role in the MaxIQ Space program for a second year,” said Hans Geldenhuys, Intelsat director of sales, Africa. “Almost half of the world’s population still does not have access to broadband technology. Intelsat is committed to changing this by expanding access to broadband connectivity and investing in STEM programs to prepare children around the globe to participate in a tech-forward future.”  

Furthermore, Intelsat will sponsor 30 scholarships for the Space STEM program for candidates who successfully meet the following criteria:

  • Between the ages of 14 and 18;
  • Live in Africa;
  • 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; and 
  • Are proficient in English.

To apply, applicants must complete an online form, a space-related quiz and submit a short explanation on why they should be selected for this unique program. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2021.

To apply, kindly use this link.

About Intelsat

As the foundational architects of satellite technology, Intelsat operates the world’s most trusted satellite telecom network. In addition, Intelsat applies its unparalleled expertise and global scale to connect people, businesses, and communities, no matter how difficult the challenge. Also, Intelsat is building the future of global communications with the world’s first hybrid, multi-orbit, software-defined 5G network designed for simple, seamless, and secure coverage precisely when and where our customers most need it. To learn more about Intelsat, check here.

About MaxIQ Space (XinaBox Implementer– USA based Corporation.)

MaxIQ Space provides the XinaBox rapid hardware development platform, specifically designed and manufactured for STEM applications in schools and universities. Using commercial standard electronics components, students can design and build circuits, code using multiple formats and conduct experiments without specialist equipment or lab.

XinaBox (pronounced “X in a box”) is a product developed to remove barriers to participation in the growing STEM academic field and economy. Through building, experimenting, and creating working electronic devices, crafters, students, and tinkerers learn critical STEM skills, including coding, electronics, data gathering and analysis, control, and all the principles of the Internet of Things (IoT), while engaging with the sensory environment around them.

This approach uniquely bridges the virtual worlds of software, the cloud, and big data, with students’ real-world surroundings. MaxIQ Space is recognised globally as the leader in Space STEM projects, having launched over eighty student satellites, with more planned launches into the future.