Program Outlines

The MaxIQ Space STEM programs are built on the following fundamentals:

    • Building young scientists and preparing youngsters for their futures in Industry 4.0
    • Giving access to all
    • Affordable, scalable, digital, and leading to coding of experiments within minutes
    • No requirement for a lab, or any technical equipment (e.g. no soldering required to build electronics)

MaxIQ has been established to facilitate learning regardless of students' current level of understanding regarding mechanical, electrical, and computer science engineering. To do this, we offer two different classifications of programs.

1) Payload Design - CPO

Communications | Payload | Operation

 Students will utilize MaxIQ Space STEM kits to test their hypotheses in various environments. Students are responsible for only their "slice" of the greater payload. Integration into the greater payload/enclosure, power supply, and downlink communications solutions are provided by the MaxIQ Space team and partners. 

Students may have the opportunity to collect data during the following events:

  • Suborbital Launch
  • High Altitude Balloon Launches
    • HAB Launches from Wallops, Virginia and/or Southern Maine
    • Payload reach altitude up to 80km 
    • Multi-hour flight for maximum data collection
  • High Altitude Plane Flight (Coming soon!)
    • HAP Launches from Wallops, Virginia
  • Missions to the International Space Station (ISS) (Registration closed!)
  • High Powered Model Rocket Flights (Coming soon!)
    • Achieve altitudes between 1-10km

Student payloads are not deployed and therefore fully recoverable in all of the above situations!


2) Full Design - C3PO (Coming soon!)

Communications | Payload | Power | Propulsion | Operations

For students who are interested in a greater challenge, we offer the opportunity to design, build, and launch their own CubeSat! Student designs will require their own ground station, flight station, Lo-Ra radio communications, onboard power solutions, and enclosure. 

Students may have the opportunity to collect data during the following events:

  • Individual High Altitude Balloon missions
  • CubeSat Orbital missions
  • Remote and Wilderness Sensing projects

Payload recovery is not guaranteed 

To promote success during these missions, we strongly suggest students first participate in a "Payload Design" program before taking the next step into "Full Design"! 


All programs offered by MaxIQ Space include access to the following:

Pre-coded Software

Arduino code has been developed for the kits so that students can begin experimenting within minutes. When setting up the kits, the code is copied to the kit CPU. Once students are familiar with the operations of the kit, they can develop their own code for the kit.

Coding Languages and Examples

All the CPUs can be coded in Make-Code, Java, Python, Arduino and other popular languages in education and industry. The team has developed samples of code so that students can use these to develop their own, custom solutions.

Digital Dashboards

The kits can be connected to standard dashboards developed in Kibana and UbiDots. The students can develop their own dashboards too, and both Kibana and UbiDots are open source.

    Our Partners

    Changing the world isn't easy, and we couldn't do it alone. 

    A core value of MaxIQ is to be able to provide our educational resources to students around the globe, especially those who live in areas where there is a lack of educational infrastructure to support these young minds in achieving their full potential. MaxIQ wouldn't be able to fulfil our mission without support from...


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