Proposal Deadline for CTE Mission: CubeSat


The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools to bring space missions to students by designing and building CubeSat prototypes – in the classroom or at home. Designing and building a CubeSat prototype in this multiphase challenge will offer students a firsthand opportunity to learn valuable technical skills – such as engineering, computer science, research, logistics, project management, and marketing – that can be applied to careers in aerospace and many other industries.

Up to five finalists will receive an equal share of the $25,000 cash prize pool, as well as additional in-kind prizes donated by the following organizations:

  • Arduino
  • Blue Origin
  • Chevron
  • EnduroSat
  • LEGO Education
  • MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative
  • XinaBox

The Department understands that under current conditions, schools will need flexibility to safely collaborate when designing and building prototypes during the challenge. The Department looks forward to the creative solution in the mission proposals it receives as challenge entries.


Mission proposals are due by 5:59 p.m. ET on October 16 — no in-person collaboration or prior experience with CubeSats is required. Curated educational resources are available to students and teachers online in the CTE Mission: CubeSat resource hub.

Visit the CTE Mission: CubeSat page to learn more >>


October 16, 2020


5:59 PM ET