Student cubesat experiments readied for flight to space aboard an EXOS Aerospace rocket


We at National Space Society believe space with its infinite resources holds the key to the future of life on Earth. The National Space Society therefore provides many educational opportunities to advance the careers of space-interested students from around the world. Our educational competitions, lessons, activities, and programs span grades K-12, university, and post-doctoral age levels. We engage teachers, students and the community in learning programs that use space science and space themes as we work to inspire the next generation of space leaders.


NSS/NASA-Ames Space Settlement Design Contest

NASA Ames Research Center in conjunction with the National Space Society sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students. The single highest scoring team or individual attending will receive the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award for $3,000. For our 2017 contest, we received more than 1,500 submissions from 6,674 students sponsored by 732 teachers. Entries came from 21 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Malaysia, Jordan, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, Russia, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. U.S. entries were received from 18 states and territories: Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Vermont.

International Space Settlement Design Competition

This annual contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will house over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, environmental knowledge, space, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Space Settlement (Space Colony).

Cislunar Explorers

The Cislunar Explorers project teams NSS with Cornell University with the goal of placing a small spacecraft in orbit around the Moon as part of the NASA CubeQuest Challenge. The spacecraft will demonstrate two technologies critical to the development of space: the electrolysis of liquid water using the resulting hydrogen and oxygen as fuel and oxidizer, and an autonomous navigation system.

Enterprise In Space

The mission of Enterprise In Space is to build, launch, operate, and later return to Earth an orbiter containing student experiments as a tribute to the many great visionaries of science and science fiction. EIS goals include demonstrating and pioneering new technologies, inspiring and encouraging space enterprise, and developing education curricula for students contributing to related future endeavors in STEAM (STEAM = STEM plus the arts).

Enterprise In Space Academy

The EIS Academy offers lessons and activities for students and teachers to guide them in experiment design and space related educational opportunities. Through their own discoveries, students will be drawn into the exciting adventure of space exploration and discovery.  Web-based technologies that tie into social networking, interactive learning, mobile device apps, and mentoring programs encompass will also be used in the EIS ED program.

Enterprise Centers for Excellence

Via our Enterprise Centers for Excellence (ECEs), NSS teams a leader in a STEAM field with students interested in that area. We do this by holding annual student competitions. Examples of these centers include ASTRO–Aerospace Summer Training & Research Opportunity, Aerospace Additive Manufacturing (Print the Future), Orbital Debris Mitigation and Remediation, and Space Policy and Good Governance.

LEO Art Challenge

What is LEO? LEO stands for Low Earth Orbit and is a region of space located between 150 and 2000 km (99 and 1200 miles) above Earth’s surface. Learn about, imagine & share the exciting LEO environment as a professional engineer, designer, advertiser, writer, or artist that has been hired to create promotional materials about LEO and its environment.

CubeSat Structures Competition

Experiments that fly in space need a structure to hold them. These structures can be of many shapes and sizes depending on the type of rocket that will take them to space. To mark the first steps of the collaboration between the National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space (EIS) program and EXOS Aerospace Systems and Technologies, Corp. and the initiative to send hundreds of student experiments into space, we are offering this worldwide search to find the perfect CubeSat structure!


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