Create new solutions for space.

The U.S. Department of Education invited high schools to submit designs for a product or service that will contribute to space missions and exploration.

About the Your Place in Space Challenge

The space industry is expected to triple in size over the next 30 years, offering fulfilling careers with higher-than-average wages. But without a skilled workforce, that vision will never become a reality. Any career can be a space career — and career and technical education (CTE) programs already present a natural starting point for a space career.

The Your Place in Space Challenge connected the dots between the skills students build in CTE programs and the fulfilling careers they can have in the space industry.


Throughout the open submissions period, teachers led student teams to develop ideas and submit designs. Submissions were due October 30, followed by judging and winner selection. Eight winning teams were announced on February 27, 2024.

Challenge launch

March 21, 2023

Virtual information session

May 10, 2023

Open submissions

March - October 2023

Submissions close

October 30, 2023

Judging begins

November 2023
We are here

Winner announcement

February 27, 2024

Bring the challenge to your classroom

Learn more about space careers and how your students can design a product or service for space.

Meet the winners of the Your Place in Space Challenge!