Education Initiatives

Supporting STEM Students

Mentoring and Lectures

Princeton Satellite Systems engineers enjoy giving lectures to students in engineering. We have given lectures on aerospace and energy topics at Princeton University, Rider University, Rutgers, and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. For example, Stephanie Thomas and Michael Paluszek have lectured on Spacecraft power systems and spacecraft satellite and actuators to the students in Princeton University's Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Course Space System Design, and Mike gave a keynote presentation to the Rutgers Engineering Honors Council on designing a Pluto orbiter using fusion. We have also supervised undergraduate student projects. Contact us if you are interested in our support for your students!

Our staff was interviewed by the kid anchors of the science TV show News Kids. Both Stephanie and Mike can be seen on the episode, "Can Man Survive on Mars?", discussing electrolysis and solar power.

Providing Student Jobs

Princeton Satellite Systems participates in the MIT Externship Program and the Princeton University Keller Center Internship Program. Every summer Princeton Satellite Systems typically hires 2 to 3 interns. Some of our interns' schools are:

CubeSat Club

Princeton Satellite Systems started a CubeSat Club for students to learn about spacecraft. CubeSats are grapefruit-sized satellites that students groups can build and many groups have even launched their CubeSats into space!

Educational Software

Our educational software offerings including academic versions of both the Spacecraft and Aircraft Control Toolboxes suitable for undergraduate and graduate coursework, as well as a special version of our software priced specifically for CubeSat teams. The CubeSat Toolbox allows students to easily simulate their planned satellite mission and evaluate control options. We sell a companion textbook for our toolboxes titled "Spacecraft Attitude and Orbit Control", and we recently published a MATLAB recipes book with Apress.

STEM Educational Materials

Direct Fusion Drive Engine

Hey Kids! Want to be a part of the first human mission to the planet Mars? Our Direct Fusion Drive engine is your ticket there. Read more on our fusion web page and download the fun items below!

Learning Algebra

Why is everyone so afraid of algebra, trigonometry and calculus? We contend it is because it is taught as "math" instead of being taught as a way to solve interesting problems. After all, math was invented mostly to solve scientific and engineering problems. To test our theory we are writing a book that teaches algebra, trigonmetry and calculus through physical examples. If you read our book you'll learn physics and math! You can download the book here for free! It is a work in progress so feel free to send us comments and suggestions. We are currently testing it with our own children and children of friends.

Send your comments or questions to algebra at The PDFs below require Adobe Acrobat.

Engineering Projects

All children like gadgets. They are interested in cars, rockets, aircraft and many other devices. PSS has developed talks that allow elementary school students to try their hands at designing cars and rockets. These talks teach some physics, engineering and math. They also teach children how to work cooperatively in groups.

Other Resources

STEMN is a great resource for CubeSat teams.

Send us an Education Inquiry for more information!