Open Maine Space STEM Program 2023

MaxIQ Space is collaborating with bluShift Aerospace to deliver a K-12 Space STEM program in Maine.

    The goal of this program is to promote Space STEM skills and open up career opportunities in the growing space sector. In April 2022, the development of the Maine Space Sector was confirmed (press release), and this K-12 Space STEM program has been designed for Maine to equip and prepare youngsters for the opportunities that await them.

    Why should we participate?
    Since 2016, teachers and students alike have found the MaxIQ Space STEM programs exciting, educational and fun. Using the modular electronics kits, conducting experiments and research, these kits can be extended to handle high altitude balloon flights and rocket launches. This particular program has been designed for Maine, to support teachers and students, to ensure that the Maine space sector can grow to its full potential.
    For case studies and examples please see this page.

    What does this entail?
    MaxIQ Space has customised their international K-12 Space STEM program specifically for Maine. Delivery includes virtual teacher and facilitator training, curriculum and challenges relating STEM, space and sustainability, modular electronics kits, workshops and support sessions.

    Modular electronics kits:
    Schools and groups get to keep with kits as they can be fully re-used. These kits are IoT enabled, connect to a data dashboard, and support topics such as data science, coding, big data, robotics and internet of things (the STEM and Advanced kits will be customised for the Maine groups).

    Support content:
    As Educators are pressed for time, MaxIQ Space will be providing support from trained facilitators and easy to use teacher support materials.

    • Topics to be covered are listed on this page
    • Challenges relating to the topics are outlined on this page

    (Examples can be found on this page, all content will be securely provided using Canvas LMS).

    Support sessions:
    The MaxIQ team opens a Zoom line each week to engage educators and facilitators, so that direct support can be ensured. Groups are encouraged to visit bluShift Aerospace in Brunswick (ME) for a tour of the rocket engine factory and to meet the team developing the world's first bio-derived fuelled rocket.

    How to engage?
    If you'd like to discuss this program, please mail judi at to set up a call. The support of the Maine Space Grant Consortium has ensured that this program is offered in Maine at a reduced cost compared to elsewhere in the world.
    Details can be found here.

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