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High school girls from Cape Town, South Africa are proving that the sky is not the limit with their latest project. Fourteen ambition girls in a STEM program have designed and built the payload for a satellite that will be launched in May 2017.
According to CNN, the satellite was created to gather information about agriculture and food. It’s also a useful way to develop solutions for future problems.
This program aims to get girls more involved and interested in pursuing a career in the STEM field. The students are being trained by satellite engineers from Cape Peninsula University of Technology.
As noted by OCHA, from October 2015 to March 2016, South Africa experienced a drought that destroyed agriculture, , led to an increase in disease outbreaks and reduced access to fresh water.
“In South Africa we have experienced some of the worst floods and droughts and it has really affected the farmers very badly. It has caused our economy to drop … This is a way of looking at how we can boost our economy” – Sesam Mngqengqiswa
The private satellite is part of a project by South Africa’s Meta Economic Development Organization (MEDO) in a partnership with Morehead State University in the US.
MEDO Hopes to expand the program to other parts of Africa, Kenya, Namibia and Malawi.