Run Your Own Experiment on a Satellite in Earth Orbit!

Announcing the 3rd Round of the ASE AstroSAT Challenge. Conduct a Real Experiment in Space with Your Club or Class.

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The Association of Space Explorers and Ardusat are recruiting 15 teachers or club leaders who want to provide their students with the ultimate learning experience by allowing them to run a real experiment on a real satellite orbiting Earth!

Applications accepted until October 30, 2017.

Students, tell your teachers about this!

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Here’s what previous teachers and mentors have said:

“It is causing the students ‘to look upward’. Thanks for allowing us to participate!!!”

“I was really pleased by the spirit of adventure my students displayed throughout this process.”

“The project didn’t just teach them how to design an experiment, it gave them the skills to be successful both in their careers and in their lives.”

“This has been, and will be, an extremely rich experience for my students.”

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About ASE & Ardusat

Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 400 flown astronauts and cosmonauts from 37 nations.

Ardusat is a STEM education company that works with schools and clubs to provide opportunities to run experiments in the classroom and in space through a satellite partnership with Spire Global.

Together, ASE and Ardusat are on a mission to provide students with experiences to inspire a commitment to learning, exploration and a better understanding of the world around them.

Funds to sponsor the ASE AstroSat challenge were generously provided by the Association of Space Explorers.


  • K-12 classroom teacher or club leader that teaches any STEM topic.
  • Must be teaching in the 2017/2018 school year.
  • Must be located in the United States.
  • If selected, you must provide a testimonial of your experience.
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How Can I Sign Up?

To apply, you’ll need to create a short video of yourself and/or your class that answers the following questions:

  1. What would you hope to learn about Earth by running an experiment on a satellite orbiting Earth?
  2. Why do you think your team should be chosen?

If your team is selected, here’s what you’ll receive:

  • The opportunity to run an experiment collecting data from an orbiting satellite.
  • Get hands-on with the sensor technology that’s being used in space: Luminosity Sensor, Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Barometer, Ultra Violet Light Sensor, Infrared Thermopile, and RGB (red, green, blue) Sensor.
  • Provide students with an engaging real science experiment.
  • The teacher and school will be highlighted via marketing campaigns for their participation.
  • Total prize retail value: $1500.00.

Understanding why and how you’ll use this experience will be an important part of the committee’s decision process. So start thinking about your video!

The Teams will be chosen by ASE astronauts.

Ready to submit your application and video?

Apply Now

Check Out These Sample Experiment Ideas to Get Your Creativity Started!

Earth's Shadow from Space
Can you use light data to track the satellite as it moves in and out of earth’s shadow?
Ocean and forest from space
Can you see the blue of oceans verse the green of tropical forest? Can you map a portion of earth one color pixel at a time?
Mount Everest Satellite image
How does surface temperature correlate with infrared reading from space? Can you detect cloud cover over areas of earth? What would you expect to see when taking infrared readings on the windward and leeward side of Mt. Everest?
Earth Geomagnetism
Does the satellite’s magnetometer readings correlate with NOAA’s geomagnetic models?
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Can’t Wait to Start Experimenting?

Ardusat’s parent company Because Learning has over 40+ experiments you can do right now! From making LED throwies to creating brush bots and more, we’ve got lots of STEM experiments to keep you (or your class) excited about learning.

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Sample Experiments You’ll Find on Because Learning