Manuel Jose Carpintero Manzanares
Exploring Space with young people recovering the satellite sent with the ESA CANSAT project
2022

Manuel Jose Carpintero Manzanares

FI’18 – Educator

Engineering new paths forward

meet manuel jose

Manuel Jose Carpintero Manzanares has become one of the most adventurous teachers on earth. He has led expeditions all over the planet. Awarded in 2021 as a best teacher, he dedicates his life to teaching and disseminating geography and exploration. His dream is to bring his Little Explorers Educational Project to every school on earth. He is founder and president of Sociedad Astronómica y Geográfica de Ciudad Real and on the Board of Directors of the Real Sociedad Geográfica. He has collaborated with National Geographic workshops for children. He wants boys and girls to love exploration and science and to keep the indomitable spirit of human beings alive.

Engineering new paths forward
Nominated by: Synnøve Strømsvåg MI'02 Richard Wiese FN'89
Class of 2022 Location Spain
Looking for the direction of adventure, Antarctica
Looking for the direction of adventure, Antarctica

I have explored the ends of the Earth, I have crossed the most dangerous jungles, I have sailed the most dangerous seas, but I have always done something much more complicated, risky and difficult. I’m a teacher. I have always brought my adventures to my classrooms and I have managed to motivate my students. The change was incredible. My students began to be interested in exploration and geography, all as an adventure.

“I have always brought my adventures to my classrooms and I have managed to motivate my students. The change was incredible. My students began to be interested in exploration and geography, all as an adventure.”

- Manuel Jose Carpintero Manzanares
Bringing the importance of science and exploration to society
Bringing the importance of science and exploration to society

The next step was clear. I increased my radius of action and became the director of the school. I transformed it with the idea of bringing the world to the classroom, carrying out an innovative educational project called Little Explorers. Thanks to this project, boys and girls of this small town have changed and now have a global vision of adventure and science through visits to the school from astronauts, scientists and explorers. I have also introduced travel as an educational element. Students, ages 9-12, traveled to meet other children from Norway, Poland, Romania, UK, and Italy. This allowed my project to develop in other schools and cultures with great success and demonstrated that exploration and science are the perfect vehicles for education.

Explaining the secrets of the universe to little explorers with National Geographic
Explaining the secrets of the universe to little explorers with National Geographic

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