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Space Systems Program for Young Women

SpaceTrek is a two-week space systems engineering residential summer program for rising 9th –12th grade girls at Morehead State University. During SpaceTrek, participants complete a space-related science mission under the guidance of aerospace engineers and master STEM educators. The goal of SpaceTrek is to empower young women to pursue career interests and explore college and career opportunities in aerospace.

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SpaceTrek is held in the state-of-the-art Space Science Center on the campus of Morehead State University. Participants will live in Alumni Tower, home of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science & Mathematics.

Participants will:

  • Be immersed in an empowering environment with female role models where they will be motivated and exposed to space systems engineering
  • Participate in a complete space mission life cycle
  • Apply mathematics and scientific principles to aerospace applications
  • Make observations and predictions, collect and interpret data, and draw conclusions about the atmosphere
  • Build electronic devices that demonstrate the principles of circuits and electrical components
  • Read and interpret electrical schematics and printed circuit board layouts
  • Work in cooperative mission teams to build a small atmospheric (satellite-like) instrument
  • Calibrate a scientific instrument to produce accurate data
  • Use Microsoft Excel to produce graphical representations of data
  • Assemble and operate a portable satellite tracking station
  • Produce, prepare, and present a mission report to academic and industry professional
  • Develop essential skills in cooperation, team building, communication, time management, and action item prioritization
  • Develop a growth mindset necessary for being successful as a professional and well-rounded individual


  • Rising 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade OR rising freshmen majoring in Space Systems Engineering at Morehead State University
  • Completion of Algebra 1

Program Details

  • Date: June 9-22, 2024
  • Capacity: 24
  • Location: Space Science Center
  • Residence: Alumni Tower
  • Participant Fee: $1,000 (scholarships available)


Students interested in attending SpaceTrek must submit an application and provide the name and contact information from an educator or community leader. That person will receive an email with a form requesting a recommendation.

Apply Now


  • Application Opens: Oct. 20, 2023
  • Application Deadline: March 31, 2024
  • Acceptance Notification: April 15, 2024
  • Acceptance RSVP: April 30, 2024



  • SpaceTrek alumnae
  • Student member of the Society of Women in Space Exploration
  • Craft Academy students
  • MSUTeach students

Contact SpaceTrek

Center for STEM+eXcellence

PHONE: 606-783-2300