National Challenge Bring Space Missions to High School Students
- September 5, 2020
- Posted by: Jacqui Schlesinger
- Category: grants and opportunities
The U.S. Department of Education has launched CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. The Department invites high schools to bring space missions to students by designing and building CubeSat prototypes — in the classroom or at home.
Investors predict that space will be the next trillion-dollar industry, and as missions in space continue to expand, so do the career opportunities. This multiphase challenge offers students across the United States the chance to build CubeSat (cube satellite) prototypes while learning creative, collaborative, and technical skills for 21st century careers. Never heard of a CubeSat? Check out this NASA video to learn more:
Schools interested in entering CTE Mission: CubeSat should form a team and submit a mission proposal by October 16 — no in-person collaboration or prior experience with CubeSats is required. The online submission form asks for school information, a team profile, a project proposal, and anticipated learning outcomes. Curated educational resources are available to students and teachers online in the CTE Mission: CubeSat resource hub.
Up to five finalists will each receive an equal share of the $25,000 cash prize pool as well as satellite development, hardware, and software kits. Challenge sponsors include Arduino, Blue Origin, Chevron, EnduroSat, LEGO Education, Magnitude.io, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, and XinaBox.
Building a CubeSat can be a daunting task. Be sure to have an expert on your project team to help students understand systems, models, and things that don’t yet exist to truly innovate their STEM education and provide the best experience possible. >> Click here to see how Career In STEM can help