CompTIA’s Space Enterprise Council donates to space-based STEM advocacy organization

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CompTIA’s Space Enterprise Council donates to space-based STEM advocacy organization

Nov 28, 2017

A member community at CompTIA, the Space Enterprise Council, has donated $10,000 to the nonprofit Federation of Galaxy Explorers. 

The contribution is part of an annual process by CompTIA and its IT workforce charity, Creating IT Futures, to give back to local communities through philanthropy, bringing positive awareness to selected charities and CompTIA, and acting as a way of encouraging individual charitable service.

In all, CompTIA member communities donated $170,000 to worthwhile charities this year. 

SEC Donation 2017The Federation of Galaxy Explorers seeks to inspire space-based STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — education in young people. The charity offers fun and dynamic programming in an effort to equalize gender, race and demographic communities in STEM-related career fields.   

Nicholas Eftimiades founded the nonprofit organization in 2001 to inspire youth interest in science and engineering. Because the organization runs almost entirely thanks to the time and efforts of volunteers, he said, the Space Enterprise Council’s contribution will fully support programming such as after-school clinics, summer camps and its signature “battle of the rockets” competition. 

“We are extremely appreciative of the gift from CompTIA and will be using it to enhance the lives of children and expose them to STEM opportunities,” he said.

The Federation has a mission to target its programming toward girls and youths of color, who historically are underrepresented in STEM fields, Eftimiades said, adding that the Federation’s gender-centric after-school clinics have proven to be very popular among girls.

“The response has been amazing; girls flock to these programs,” he said. “And CompTIA helps make this work possible.”

SEC Donation 2017-2“Stimulating and encouraging students to pursue STEM-related studies and activities early in their academic careers is fundamental to preparing and motivating students to pursue STEM disciplines at the undergraduate and post-graduate level. The Federation of Galaxy Explorers’ K-12 program leverages children’s interest in space to promote a program of after-school studies focused on space and STEM education,” said Earl Madison, director, business development, Lockheed Martin, and an executive council member of the Space Enterprise Council. “Their success is evident as current Galaxy Explorers are applying to enter universities to pursue STEM degrees and as former Galaxy Exploders complete their degrees and enter the workforce.” 

The Space Enterprise Council represents all sectors of the space industry, including commercial, civil and national security space. As a forum for space-related companies, the council brings the collective power of its affiliation with CompTIA and its diverse members into a single, unified voice that is used in advocating member interests to policymakers.


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