More than $300,000 in scholarships and prizes are on offer as part of The Andy Thomas Space Foundation’s 2022 Space Education Fund, creating an exciting range of learning opportunities for Australian students, teachers and researchers.
With nine Australian and international programs offered – including an internationally-funded earth observation instrument program for South Australia’s first state satellite, Kanyini – the funding has been designed to provide a diverse range of accessible opportunities to anybody studying with a passion for space.
CEO of the ATSF, Nicola Sasanelli AM is proud the Foundation has been able to offer these education opportunities to students in primary school right through to post-graduate studies.
“In the first two years of operations, the ATSF has provided diverse education opportunities for students and young researchers across Australia, generating more than half a million dollars in scholarships, prizes and awards,” Mr Sasanelli said.
ATSF Chair, Michael Davis AO, said the response to the initial education programs was strong.
“We were delighted with the response to our ambitious inaugural programs,” he said. “There is no doubt that young people are intrigued by the wonder of space, and by sustaining and rewarding their interest, the Foundation is making a tangible contribution to the development of our industry and the creation of a highly-skilled, STEM-educated workforce.”
The launch of the funding follows the Federal Government’s announcement that $65 million will be injected into the national space ecosystem, supporting the industry’s aim of creating 20,000 new jobs and tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion by 2030.