Funded by NASA, MaxIQ Space is collaborating with Educate Maine and the Maine Space Grant Consortium to deliver a K-12 Space STEM program in 2023.
The goal of this program is to promote STEM skills and open up career opportunities in the
growing space sector. In April 2022, the development of the Maine Space Sector was confirmed
(press release link https://www.pressherald.com/2022/04/24/maines-planning-to-build-a-
spaceport-heres-how-it-could-become-a-leader-in-the-industry/), and this K-12 Space STEM
program has been designed for Maine to equip and prepare youngsters for the opportunities
that awaits them.
Why should we participate?
Since 2016, teachers and students alike have found the MaxIQ Space STEM programs exciting,
educational, and fun. Using the modular electronics kits, conducting experiments and research,
these kits can be extended to handle high altitude balloon flights and rocket launches. This
particular program has been designed for Maine, to support teachers and students, to ensure
that the Maine space sector can grow to its full potential.
For case studies and examples please see this page.
What does this entail?
MaxIQ Space is customizing their international K-12 Space STEM program specifically for Maine. Delivery includes teacher and facilitator training, curriculum and challenges relating STEM, space and sustainability, modular electronics kits, workshops and support sessions.
Schools get to keep with kits as they can be fully re-used. These kits are IoT enabled, connect to a data dashboard, and support topics such as data science, coding, big data, robotics and
internet of things.
As teachers are pressed for time, MaxIQ Space will be providing support from trained
facilitators and easy to use teacher support materials.
How to participate?
From November 9th to 11th, 2022, we’ll be encouraging teachers and schools to sign up for the
program. If you’d like more information, please contact Judi at maxiq.space, or complete this
online form (https://forms.gle/pbpNDZM9JnzJsLQt7).
In Aroostook and Washington Counties, we’ll be hosting in-person information sessions from
November 9th to 10th, 2022, followed by school visits on the 11th to those interested. Join us in Machais and Houlton from 4-6PM.
The Space Race Is On!
Maine has an early mover advantage in the new space race for talent and skills. Following the
announcement from the USA National Space Council of a new coalition of space companies that will focus on increasing the space industry’s capacity to meet the rising demand for the skilled technical workforce, the Space STEM team is hitting the ground running!