Empowering young women to follow careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) was under the spotlight recently at a YOUTH DAY SPACE PREP workshop in Cape Town where senior SANSA representatives assisted young learners to build small, programmable robotic rovers. The event was part of the Meta Economic Development Organisation (MEDO) SPACE programme to equip school girls in Africa with STEM skills to compete and thrive in a digital future.
The SANSA team who attended at the workshop consisted of Dr Lee-Anne McKinnell, SANSA MD, Eliza Fraser, Science Advancement Manager and Dr Rendani Nndanganeni, Space Science Research Fellow. They were accompanied by an international guest, Prof Mark Moldwin from the Climate and Space Science and Engineering division at the University of Michigan.
Dr Sandile Malinga, SANSA CEO, highlighted that the agency's participation in the workshop is aligned with its science advancement drive to increase the uptake and appreciation of science among the youth in South Africa. "We want to improve scientific literacy among our learners, especially young women, in our drive to position South Africa as an international hub for space solutions for the world of the future".