BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge




The BWSI Build A CubeSAT Final Event is

April 13, 2024 at 10AM. 

We would love to see lots of support for the student teams that are presenting live!

The webcast can be found at:

Enjoy the Show!

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Schedule Updates for Teams

  • Announcement and Kickoff:  October

  • Team Application Deadline: 26 November

  • Team Notification with Mentors: 6 December

    • All student and coach release forms must be signed by 16 December

  • Kickoff will be at 6pm EST on 18 December via Zoom webinar

  • Kits will be sent to teams in early January

  • Weekly office hourse with mentors starting on 6 January

  • Flat Sat Challenge Photo - 9 February 2024

  • Design Review Video - Due 15 March 2024

  • Final Presentation Video - Due 8 April 2024

  • Final Event - Virtual event on 13 April, 2024 10am to 4pm EST

BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge Overview:Build a CubeSat 2023 Flyer

The BWSI Challenge will focus on the Build A CubeSat project in which teams compete to develop their own 1U CubeSat to complete an space-based science research mission. Teams of roughly five students work together to develop satellite subsystems that can power and support an optical payload while analyzing data and wireless transmitting the results to a ground station.

The final competitions will be a virtual conference using student video submissions and online conferencing tools for live presentations, Q&A and Awards

Mission: To be announced soon.

Who: High school students in USA interested in learning about satellites!  Teams of up to 5 students led by team coach (teachers, mentors)

When: December through March

Resources: Online course, bi-weekly office hours with mentors and hardware kits for qualifying teams

Final Event:  April 13, 2024

Team Application Deadline: November 26, 2023

Step 1: All potential Students, Coaches and Mentors must register for the online course (This course is available for independent study by individuals as well)



 Step 2: Teams apply Here! ( application is closed)

Application Deadline is November 13

Missed the Application Deadline? email to ask about independently using our curriculum

or wait for the next exciting challenge: we will be running this again soon!

Applications will be reviewed based on responses to questions on team application and grades from all of the team members on 1st 3 modules of online course


If you are interested in mentoring as part of this program, Apply here!


For more information see our FAQ


Build, Learn and Demonstrate 1U CubeSat with hardware provided

Each team will be provided with:

  • Hardware kit (~$500, functioning 1U CubeSat components) 

  • Access to BWSI Build a CubeSat online course

  • Mentoring support (office hours, technical mentors)