Department Of Education Cubesat Challenge Totally Ignores NASA

U.S. Department of Education Launches Space Mission Challenge for High School Students, Department of Education

"Today, the U.S. Department of Education launched CTE Mission: CubeSat, a national challenge to build technical skills for careers in space and beyond. The Department invites high schools to bring space missions to students by designing and building CubeSat prototypes -- in the classroom or at home. ... Each finalist will receive an equal share of the $25,000 cash prize pool as well as satellite development, hardware, and software kits. Challenge sponsors include Arduino, Blue Origin, Chevron, EnduroSat, LEGO Education,, MIT Media Lab, and XinaBox."

Keith's note: I did a thorough check. There is no mention in this press release of NASA. Nor is there any mention of - or link to - NASA on the competition's website. To be certain there is no law or regulation that requires that NASA be involved in everything involving space but it is weird that with the whole "Artemis Generation" thing that NASA hypes that the Department of Education makes no mention of NASA - and that NASA makes no mention of this competition.

Oh yes ... one other little detail: there is no mention of how the CubeSats get into space. Who launches them? Do they go up on a rocket or get tossed out of the ISS? Who pays for the ride? Details details.

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