Five high school teams to build CubeSats in U.S. Department of Education competition

The Department issued the challenge to inspire students to gain skills for a range of careers and help high schools explore approaches that infuse more science, technology, engineering, and math, in career and technical education (CTE).

Five high school teams to build CubeSats in U.S. Department of Education competition
Five high school teams to build CubeSats in U.S. Department of Education competition

Five high school teams to build CubeSats in U.S. Department of Education competition

The U.S. Department of Education has announced the five finalists in CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. The finalists are:

  • Anderson Clark Magnet High School (La Crescenta, California)
  • Freeport High School (Freeport, New York)
  • Mooresville High School (Mooresville, North Carolina)
  • Opelika High School (Opelika, Alabama)
  • Princeton High School (Princeton, New Jersey) collaborating with Montgomery High School (Skillman, New Jersey)

The Department issued the challenge to inspire students to gain skills for a range of careers and help high schools explore approaches that infuse more science, technology, engineering, and math, in career and technical education (CTE).

From August to October, high schools across the country created mission proposals for CubeSat (cube satellite) projects. CTE teachers led teams from 22 states as they developed missions for studying topics important to their own communities, as well as broader space exploration.

Each of the finalists will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and in-kind prizes including expert mentorship and development kits donated by Arduino, Blue Origin, Chevron, EnduroSat, LEGO Education, Magnitude.io, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, and XinaBox.

Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary for Career, Technical, and Adult Education, said, “What impressed us most about the mission proposals was students’ enthusiasm to take on complex and ambitious projects — many of which focused on issues similar to what our national space missions are currently tackling.”

The finalists will now advance to Phase 2, to be held from January to May 2021, during which, they will build CubeSat prototypes and plan launch flight events.