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PolyU CubeSat Mission - Space Debris Removal


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PolyU, in collaboration with Orion Astropreneur Space Academy (OASA), are launching Hong Kong’s first STEAM-based programme, grounded on the creation of a small satellite known as CubeSat that has become a mainstay of tomorrow’s space technology. The mission of this programme, which aims to remove space debris, combines fun lectures, lab visits and hands-on workshops with mentorship. 


This programme will:

  • unleash students’ innovative mindset and expose them to the critical thinking skills needed as an engineer, entrepreneur, platform specialist, and/or a scientist;
  • enhance students' awareness of the many types of STEAM-related degree programmes at PolyU;
  • increase students' interest in STEAM through the creation of their CubeSat, thereby igniting their passion for technology, interdisciplinary learning, and the circular economy;
  • strengthen teamwork and leadership as crucial soft skills for future development in school and work; and
  • expose them to the fundamentals of design, business, technology, and the New Space economy.


Programme Details

Target Participants

This new 10-session programme is designed particularly for S.4 and S.5 (Grade 10 & Grade 11 / Year 11 & Year 12) students. School Teams of 3 to 5 students shall be formed under each participating school, with a school teacher serving as the contact person of the programme.


There are 10 sessions in this programme. Secondary School teams are required to attend at least 80% of all sessions.

18 February 2023 (Saturday)  2:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
25 February  - 22 April 2023 (Every Saturdays, except 8 Apr 2023) 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm 
29 April 2023 (Saturday) 9:30 am - 5:00 pm


Judging Criteria

Judging Criteria

After 10 sessions of fun lectures and hands-on workshops, each team are required to design their own CubeSat for the mission of space debris removal. Students will prepare a short video and introduce their idea of the CubeSat during the final presentation. A panel of internal and external independent judges will evaluate their work and select the best performing group with the below criteria: 
  • Innovation and creativity of the proposed project
  • Project’s academic and scientific potential 
  • Technical feasibility and viability
  • Quality of the short video
  • Overall performance of the project team 


All participants achieving 80% attendance will get a participation certificate. Winners of the final competition will be favourably considered for:

  • admission to PolyU

The Winning schools will be awarded the below prizes:

  • Champion: $10,000
  • First runner-up: $7,000
  • Second runner-up: $5,000
  • Merit: $1,500 (2 teams)
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Photo Gallery

View all the photos and memories of the programme

Short Video

A Summary Video of the programme.

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