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NSBE-BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge


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Final Event - Saturday May 14, 2022! 

The final event can be watched on our channel Here

Join us in congratulating the hard work of the teams and mentors!    



Here is the info for our Spring 2022 Challenge- look for another this fall!

Welcome!  Are you ready for a Challenge!

The National Society of Black Engineers, Aerospace SIG and MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute

Click to download the final event pamphlet

Click to download our final event pamphlet


  • Flat Sat Challenge Photo - Due in 7 weeks from start of program

  • Design Review Video - Due in 10 weeks

  • Prototype Demonstration Video - Due in 14 weeks

  • Final Event - Due in 15 weeks


What: Build, learn and demonstrate operation of a 1U CubeSat

Mission: Detect colored plastic in the ocean from space-New Science missions are being planned!

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

When: January 17th to May 14th, 2022

Resources: Hardware kit for each team, access to online course (self-paced), bi-weekly office hours

Final Event:  Saturday, May 14th, 2022 10am to 4pm EDT (virtual)

Team Application Deadline: TBD

Teams apply Here!

Application Deadline has passed

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!

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

For more information see our FAQ

NSBE-BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge Overview: Build, Learn and Demonstrate 1U CubeSat with hardware provided

The initial NSBE-BWSI Challenge will focus on the Build A CubeSat project in which teams compete to develop their own 1U CubeSat to complete an ocean 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.


Each team will be provided with:

  • Hardware kit (~$250, functioning 1U CubeSat components) 

  • Access to BWSI Build a CubeSat online course

  • Mentoring support (office hours, technical mentors)