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SWE-BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge


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SWE Next!

What a great final event May 29! 

We hope that you enjoyed it.

You can watch it again here on our webcast recording

Congratulations to the winning teams- Great job!


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

Welcome!  Are you ready for a Challenge!

The Society of Women Engineers and the MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute


Schedule Updates for Teams

  • Applications due: TBD

  • Team Acceptance emails & Kickoff: TBD

  • Flat Sat Challenge Photo - Due 7 weeks from Kickoff

  • Design Review Video - Due 10 weeks from Kickoff

  • Prototype Demonstration Video - Due in 14 Weeks

  • Final Event - 15 weeks after Kickoff


What: Female-Identifying High School Students interested in learning about satellites!*

Mission: Detect colored plastic in the ocean from space

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

When: Coming this fall

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

Final Event:  TBD

Team Application Deadline: TBD

*While SWE-BWSI Build a CubeSat Challenge is open to eligible students of any gender identity it is designed to encourage and support female-identifying students in STEM.

Teams apply Here!

Application Deadline TBD

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

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

The initial SWE-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)