Dr. Garibaldi helps announce $1 million Base 11 Space Challenge

June 08, 2018

Dr. Garibaldi speaks at the announcement of the Bass 11 Space Challenge.Recently, University of Detroit Mercy President Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi was in California for the announcement of The Base 11 Space Challenge, where he spoke about the importance of STEM education. He is working on behalf of his fraternity, Sigma Pi Phi, to help get this challenge off of the ground. 

The Base 11 Space Challenge inspires and empowers students from across the country with the real world, hands-on STEM training and experience necessary to become the diverse and highly-skilled engineering and computer science professionals that industry and our country so desperately need.

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 (the Karman Line) by December 30, 2021. Annual competitions and 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 biggest purse, which is fully funded, is the $1 million prize for launching the rocket to the edge of space.

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.

The announcement of the Challenge took place on June 6 and is available for viewing at https://bit.ly/2xVKOhM. Viewers can jump ahead to the 44:50 mark to see Dr. Garibaldi’s compelling comments.

Base 11 is a non-profit, 501c3 workforce and entrepreneur development company. In collaboration with world-class partners from industry, academia and philanthropy. Base 11 deploys a STEM Accelerator model that transforms high-potential, low-resource college and high school students into the STEM talent that industry so desperately needs. To learn more about Base 11, please visit http://base11spacechallenge.org