Internet of Things and Space STEM Programmes

By 2020 over 80% of jobs are expected to be STEM related.  Employers are already finding it difficult to hire the rights skills to support growth and expansion, and this is set to  become a greater challenge with time.

XinaBox has been running school STEM programmes since 2015, focusing on primary and secondary school students.

Primary Benefits - Fun, impactful, practical experiments learning coding, IoT, big data, all connected to STEM school subjects.

Differentiator - IoT projects that end up in space!

Long-term value - XinaBox hardware is used from school to university to the STEM industrial environment, thereby making learning at a young age applicable for life.

Future Employees - Employers are struggling to fill STEM roles, and this programme intends to meet this challenge. Supporting the programme develops the talent pipeline.

Critical Skills Development - The World Economic Forum has identified shortages of six critical skills, all of which require maths excellence, and five of which require science excellence.


IoT STEM Programme

The programme is designed to be delivered at schools and science centres, at a community level. The STEM programme will be facilitated by teachers, using a STEM School Kit and accessing support from online resources (wiki, videos, discussions etc.)

Delivery Mechanism:

  • Space IoT STEM Kits sold through our online store
  • STEM programme content – Wiki and video content to assist teachers and parents with facilitation. Learning Management System access for teachers to design their own courses and to track student progress
  • Coding – the XinaBox team will ensure all the xChips supplied have libraries for code development, in all the single board computer environments.Drag-and-drop experiments, and assembled code will be available too
  • Customisable dashboard – Dashboard that can be customised, for data display, download and analysis
  • Support, global collaboration forum, access to facilitators – Discussion groups for collaboration, identification of new experiments and overcoming problems and challenges

Workshops can be facilitated by parents, teachers and trained facilitators.

Additional components and sensors can be purchased to extent the range

The learners will engage with their XinaBox components to build their EnviroSats to study the weather and environment at ground level and in the Troposphere.


School Kits

Each kit comprises classroom components:

  • 10 micro:bits with interfaces to the XinaBox “things” of IoT
  • 10 mini OLED screens for display or multiple sets of data
  • 10 sets of sensors, namely, temperature, humidity, air pressure, visible light, UVA, UVB, volatile organic compounds, carbon dioxide

In addition, the kits have 2 satellite kits which can collect data from the school surrounds, be launched on large helium balloons and drones. These components are:

  • GPS to give longitude, latitude position and altitude
  • IMU for acceleration, magnetometer and gyroscope in X, Y, and Z axes. This data is used to calculate pitch, yaw, roll, bumping, dropping and orientation
  • AA battery based power module
  • Radios with matching ground station to transfer data

The kit demonstrates practically the full extent of Internet of Things by collecting data using sensors, transferring the data by internet to the data dashboard for tracking and analysing.

XinaBox satellite kits are true engineering models used in engineering and research institutions.

XinaBox IoT STEM kits are either purchased by schools directly, or sponsored by CSI contributions.

In South Africa all payments are made to a non-profit, public benefit organisation that issues a SARS 18A SARS tax benefit letter for the contributions.

Additional research projects in IoT and big data are supported as the sensor data is collated in one database for all participants to access.