Education Fund 2024

In 2024, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation is proud to offer innovative and immersive prizes and award programs. These opportunities will enable students and researchers of all ages to engage with Australian and international space industry experts, promoting the growth and capability of Australia's future workforce.

Kids In Space National Challenge

Mission Status: In Progress

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation is proud to announce the second year of the pioneering Kids In Space Program will be even bigger. This Australian-first program, delivered by Makers Empire, impacted around 10,000 primary and middle school students, hundreds of teachers and 70+ schools in every state and territory in 2023, as co-sponsored by the Australian Space Agency. 

With over 700 expressions of interest nationally, 2024 will see the program expand with an estimated 100 schools able to participate, thanks to our new sponsors and partners, iLAuNCH Trailblazer, the Milner Road Foundation and the Northern Territories Department of Education. 

Aurora Program: Inclusion Initiative

Mission Status: Crew Selection

The Andy Thomas Space Foundation in partnership with the Maras Foundation are proud to launch the 3rd Aurora Mission in 2024. Eight Schools from across South Australia will participate in the Inclusion Initiative which has been designed specifically to promote and encourage students and young people living with a disability to find inspiration in space. 

Delivered by Adelaide-based technology company, Makers Empire, each school will receive a free 3D printer, customised in school workshop for students and teachers and access to a space-themed version of their 3D design curriculum to take their learning out of this world. The program will culminate in showcases of student work at the Australian Space Discovery Centre.

Mars Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation School Challenge

Mission Status: Crew Selection

Applications open to Secondary Schools (Years 7,8,9 or 10)

Ten prizes valued at $4000 each. Coordinated by Hamilton Secondary College, South Australian schools (years 7,8,9 or 10) will be invited to conduct projects linked to space technology and the Buzz Aldrin Foundation ‘Giant Mars Map’, stimulating student interest in space. These projects are supported by presentations and advice from space industry experts. Prizes will also include school visits to the Australian Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide.

Applications Close 17 May 2024.

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Venus Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation and Playford Trust Undergraduate Scholarships

Mission Status: Launch Vehicle Testing

Applications open to Year 12 students

Available for year 12 graduate students and jointly funded by the Playford Trust Foundation, the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, The University of Adelaide and University of South Australia, these scholarships will be awarded to high-achieving school leavers enrolling to study space-related disciplines at university in 2023.

Applications Launching late 2024

Earth Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Undergraduate Internship Prizes

Mission Status: Launch Vehicle Testing

Applications open to Undergraduate students

Four awards valued at $2,500 each. Funded by the Andy Thomas Space Foundation, these prizes are available to undergraduate university students completing a space-related bachelor’s degree. prize winners will receive a 6-week paid internship opportunity with Australian space companies.

Applications Launching in June 2024

Uranus Program: The Andy Thomas Space Foundation Graduate Scholarships in space

Mission Status: Crew Selection

Applications open to Postgraduate students

Three scholarships valued at $10,000 each. Available for post-graduate students. These scholarships are available for Australian citizens and permanent residents commencing an honours or masters program at an Australian university in a space-related field of research.

Applications Closed - Successful Candidates to be announced shortly

More programs launching soon ! 🚀

Education Fund Sponsors 2024

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‘Quod Invenias Explorans Spatium Progressus Est Humanitatis’.

Human progress is in space exploration