Space Works

The ASU SpaceWorks Project offers sequential, semester-long, workforce development classes that offers undergraduate students in ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration and Fulton College of Engineering the opportunity to participate in NASA mission-focused, project-based learning opportunities.

The goal of the ASU SpaceWorks Project is to leverage ASU’s unique exploration assets and NASA mission involvement to provide students with an immersive and relevant learning environment that will give them practice and insight into the exploration process.

Project Goals

  1.  Project design and fabrication - including the application of SolidWorks, training and use of the ASU Student Machine Shop, and the implementation of a project from prototype through completion within a dedicated team project space;
  2. Analytical modeling and its application to planetary exploration;
  3. Space mission design and implementation; and
  4. Leadership training, including project organization, schedules, budgets, professional reviews and proposal writing.

Key Accomplishments

Our Space Works - Level 2 classroom is now ready for student projects to begin! 40 undergraduate scientists and engineers will begin building their projects that will be tested in the Christensen Instrument Group's thermal vacuum chamber to simulate conditions in space.

Students will be undergoing training in cleanroom protocols and electrostatic discharge training to learn proper practices when assembling and testing their projects.


Phil Christensen
Regents' Professor, School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU

Sheri Klug Boonstra
Academic Professional, Mars Space Flight Facility & School of Earth and Space Exploration, ASU