Do you have a science project that you’re working on that you would like to share? Would you like to get experience sharing this idea with a larger audience?

Apply here to have your #ProudlyHuman idea shared as part of Dr Marais’ speaking activities:

Not sure what to say? Check out these examples.

BRITTANY BULL

My name is Brittany Bull. I was part of the team of teenage girls who designed Africa’s first privately owned pico satellite which is due to launch in mid 2020 as the final stage of the MEDO Space programme which I participated in from late 2015 to early 2018 as a high school student.

I am currently an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Cape Town. I plan on pursuing a Bachelors degree in Space Science and Space Systems Engineering at Morehead State University in the USA in the fall of 2019. I’m an avid surfer in my free time.

In 2018 I decided to take a gap year to get a feel for the tech and space industry in South Africa while raising funds for my studies. During my gap year in 2018 I worked as an intern at XinaBox Limited in their software and Research department as well as a Facilitator for their Space STEM programme at various schools around the world, with particular focus on schools in South Africa. While at XinaBox I got to work on a number of satellite projects aimed at STEM education with one of them launching a constellation of over 60 nano satellites in April 2019. Amidst all of this I’ve had the amazing opportunity accompany Adriana to a number of talks. This gave me a platform to share my story, learn from others and gain confidence in public speaking.

RAJVEER SINGH JOLLY

I am Rajveer Singh Jolly, a student from Curro Century City.

As you can see, I am wearing a flight suit. I am an International Space Ambassador of The Mars Generation and our goal is to spread our passion and importance of STEM around the world.

Student ambassadors all around the world believe that in order for humanity to sustain itself, we must colonise other planets so that If one day an asteroid collides Earth, Humanity will not die out!

Humanity is currently facing two crossroads. We can either become a space fairing civilization and have homes on uncountable planets or we can stay on Earth and wait for an asteroid to wipe us all out completely!

The choice is ours!

KIARA NIRGHIN

Kiara Nirghin is an 18 year old scientist, innovator and speaker. At 16, Kiara won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair and the Community Impact Award with her solution to the worldwide drought. Kiara has developed a unique superabsorbent polymer that holds hundreds of times its weight in water when stored in soil. It is biodegradable, inexpensive and free of harmful chemicals, unlike the manmade materials currently used. The polymer, made entirely from waste products, improves the environment, increases the chance for plants to sustain growth by 84% during a drought and can increase food security by 73% in disaster-struck areas. Kiara has been featured by both The Times and the Guardian on their top 30 most influential teens lists, and invited by Forbes and TED to speak about her work. Kiara was recently named one of the United Nations Young Champions of the Earth and one of the fifty most inspiring women in technology.

She is currently working on her first book that will be published in January 2019. Using these platforms, Kiara actively promotes the importance of protecting our environment through innovation and getting young girls involved in this process. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University.

BRITTANY BULL

My name is Brittany Bull. I was part of the team of teenage girls who designed Africa’s first privately owned pico satellite which is due to launch in mid 2020 as the final stage of the MEDO Space programme which I participated in from late 2015 to early 2018 as a high school student.

I am currently an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Cape Town. I plan on pursuing a Bachelors degree in Space Science and Space Systems Engineering at Morehead State University in the USA in the fall of 2019. I’m an avid surfer in my free time.

In 2018 I decided to take a gap year to get a feel for the tech and space industry in South Africa while raising funds for my studies. During my gap year in 2018 I worked as an intern at XinaBox Limited in their software and Research department as well as a Facilitator for their Space STEM programme at various schools around the world, with particular focus on schools in South Africa. While at XinaBox I got to work on a number of satellite projects aimed at STEM education with one of them launching a constellation of over 60 nano satellites in April 2019. Amidst all of this I’ve had the amazing opportunity accompany Adriana to a number of talks. This gave me a platform to share my story, learn from others and gain confidence in public speaking.

RAJVEER SINGH JOLLY

I am Rajveer Singh Jolly, a student from Curro Century City.

As you can see, I am wearing a flight suit. I am an International Space Ambassador of The Mars Generation and our goal is to spread our passion and importance of STEM around the world.

Student ambassadors all around the world believe that in order for humanity to sustain itself, we must colonise other planets so that If one day an asteroid collides Earth, Humanity will not die out!

Humanity is currently facing two crossroads. We can either become a space fairing civilization and have homes on uncountable planets or we can stay on Earth and wait for an asteroid to wipe us all out completely!

The choice is ours!

KIARA NIRGHIN

Kiara Nirghin is an 18 year old scientist, innovator and speaker. At 16, Kiara won the grand prize at the Google Science Fair and the Community Impact Award with her solution to the worldwide drought. Kiara has developed a unique superabsorbent polymer that holds hundreds of times its weight in water when stored in soil. It is biodegradable, inexpensive and free of harmful chemicals, unlike the manmade materials currently used. The polymer, made entirely from waste products, improves the environment, increases the chance for plants to sustain growth by 84% during a drought and can increase food security by 73% in disaster-struck areas. Kiara has been featured by both The Times and the Guardian on their top 30 most influential teens lists, and invited by Forbes and TED to speak about her work. Kiara was recently named one of the United Nations Young Champions of the Earth and one of the fifty most inspiring women in technology.

She is currently working on her first book that will be published in January 2019. Using these platforms, Kiara actively promotes the importance of protecting our environment through innovation and getting young girls involved in this process. She is currently an undergraduate student at Stanford University.

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"Reshaping perceptions" in a country known for strict cultural norms. Yuko Endo #MASHINGUP Chief Editor & Mediagene Exec Officer, @YukikoYamaguchi Chief Marketing Officer @Panasonic & #GenieGurnani Head of Creative @Vice 🙌🏽🙏🏽 #Tokyo #MASHINGUP2019 #Resilience #ProudlyHuman #ToMars https://t.co/Z8y7DRW0KN adrianamarais photo

" #SpaceX's #Starship is a devastatingly powerful space access & logistical transport mechanism that will instantly crush the relevance of every other rocket ever built." Enabling the serious logistics to build cities on #Mars. #ProudlyHuman #OffWorld https://t.co/FMVeW4qQSR https://t.co/NH5ES77RR1 adrianamarais photo