19 October 2023

European Space Foundation Wins Pratt & Whitney Global E-STEM Award

European Space Foundation (Europejska Fundacja Kosmiczna) was selected by Pratt & Whitney and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) as a winner of the 2023 Pratt & Whitney Global E-STEM Awards. Satheeshkumar Kumarasingam, Pratt & Whitney’s chief transformation and strategy officer, bestowed grants totaling $250,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations in 12 countries. Each group demonstrated a remarkable commitment to advancing environmental, science, technology, engineering, and math (E-STEM) education programs for underrepresented students ages 11–22.

European Space Foundation organizes a series of interactive workshops and lectures to show how satellite data can help to observe climate change and its effects. More than 5,500 students have participated in this project since 2021.

European Space Foundation, organizer of the European Rover Challenge – a globally recognized space and robotics event – is actively involved in educating and inspiring the next generation of E-STEM professionals by providing them tools to understand and test in practice information they learn.

“The Pratt & Whitney Global E-STEM Excellence Prize will allow us to continue this project and organize additional workshops, as well as to expand the coverage of the climate change topics during the 10th edition of the European Rover Challenge in 2024”, said Lukasz Wilczynski, president of the European Space Foundation.

A panel of judges from Pratt & Whitney and NAAEE selected the recipients from a pool of over 150 applicants spanning 40 countries. The winners were publicly announced on October 17 at the NAAEE Annual Conference, including also:

Deniz Temiz Derneği (Turkiye), Techbridge Girls (United States), Asociación Territorios Vivos El Salvador (El Salvador), BLAKE – Sir Peter Blake Trust (New Zealand), Fablab Winam Foundation (Kenya), Green Girls Platform (Malawi), Green Growth Asia Foundation (Malaysia), Nova Scotia Community College Foundation (Canada), People Protecting the Environment Foundation (Thailand), Smart Cheli (Nepal), Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc.(United States), United Community Nepal – UniCoN (Nepal), Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative (Nigeria).


Read the full press release.

Learn more about all of this year’s winners by reading their biographies on: Pratt & Whitney’s website

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For more than five decades, the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) has served as the professional association, champion, and backbone organization for the field of environmental education (EE), working with EE professionals across United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as globally, to advance environmental literacy and civic engagement to create a more equitable and sustainable future. For more information visit: NAAEE website.

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