Your Place in Space

The U.S. Department of Education recently launched the Your Place in Space Challenge. This is the first challenge in CTE Momentum, an annual challenge series to prepare high school students for rewarding careers and increase access to career and technical education (CTE). The

Your Place in Space Challenge invites high schools to submit designs for a product or service that will contribute to space missions and exploration.
Teams may pursue designs of their choice or find inspiration from one of four suggested areas of exploration — covering topics such as space debris, the International Space Station, space travel, and the environment. Submissions are due by 6:00 p.m. ET on October 30, 2023. An independent judging panel will review submissions based on the challenge selection criteria and recommend up to 10 winners, who will each receive at least $5,000. The Department anticipates announcing the winners and launching the next annual challenge in early 2024.

Helping students pursue space careers
The space industry is expected to triple in size over the next 30 years, employing over 1.5 million people and generating $780 billion in economic activity by 2050. From welders and cybersecurity experts to communications professionals and botanists, space careers promise higher-than-average wages and strong growth expectations over the coming decades. But space careers demand specialized skills — and students need new opportunities to build skills for future success. CTE programs are uniquely positioned to meet these needs because they offer students hands-on opportunities to apply knowledge and skills that they learned in a classroom setting.
“Our students need interdisciplinary opportunities to gain the skills critical for valuable careers — and our teachers deserve support in creating these inspirational educational programs. Through the Your Place in Space Challenge, the U.S. Department of Education is helping students connect the dots between the skills they build in CTE programs and fulfilling careers in the space industry.”
— Dr. Amy Loyd, Assistant Secretary, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Learn how to get involved
Get started by exploring the curated resources for inspiration on how to bring the Your Place in Space Challenge into classrooms during the 2023-2024 school year. To learn more about the challenge and receive updates on all CTE Momentum challenges, visit

MaxIQ Workshops
MaxIQ Space is hosting subject matter workshops to equip challenge participants in their idea generation.

1. Space Agriculture: Growing Food in Outer Space
• Understanding the potential for agricultural development in space.
• Creating sustainable food production systems for long-term space missions.
• Recording

Environmental Systems in Space: Ensuring Sustainability
• Exploring the intersection between environmental sciences and space.
• Designing systems for waste management, recycling, and sustainable living in space.

Space Robotics & Automation: Machines in Microgravity
• Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
• Time: 13h00 EST, 10h00 PST
• Understanding the role of robotics and automation in space exploration and industry.
• Designing innovative robotic solutions for tasks such as maintenance, exploration, or manufacturing.
• Registration link

Space Manufacturing: Building for the Beyond
• Wednesday, October 4th, 2023
• Time: 13h00 EST, 10h00 PST
• Investigating the application of manufacturing and engineering skills in space construction.
• Designing innovative tools, habitats, or machinery suited for space environments.
• Registration link
Each workshop will include guest speakers from the space industry, case studies, and feedback from entrepreneurs to foster creativity and critical thinking.

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