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University partners with the Base 11 Space Challenge

October 10, 2018

Detroit Mercy is working to help spur science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent in the country among high school students through the Base 11 Space Challenge.

Hundreds of students on more than 30 teams across the United States and Canada have accepted the challenge to design, build and launch a liquid-fueled rocket to space. Companies are stepping up to help turn these students into the next generation of aerospace leaders and create a pipeline of diverse talent the industry will be seeking in the future.

The Base 11 Space Challenge is designed to inspire and empower students from across the country with the real world, hands-on STEM training and experience necessary to become highly-skilled engineering and computer science professionals.

A prize of $1 million is available through this competition for a student-led university team to design, build and launch a liquid-propelled, single-stage rocket to an altitude of 100 kilometers (known as the Karman Line) by Dec. 30, 2021. Annual competitions and smaller prizes mark milestone achievements in the process, including design of the liquid-fuel rocket, static testing of the engine and smaller pop-up innovation challenges.

The mission behind the Base 11 Space Challenge is to dramatically increase the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) talent in the United States with greater representation and inclusion of women and minorities, while empowering the future workforce with the education and skills training necessary for jobs in the aerospace and related industries.

To learn how companies, colleges and organizations are working with students in this challenge, visit For more about the Base 11 Space Challenge, visit

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