“The Space Design Challenge is the most important thing I did in my schooling”  Marsha Long

About us

Our London space, engineering and business summer camp began as the result of a highly successful UK based competition called the UK Space Design Challenge for secondary school students which has been established for 10 years. Inspiring young people in the areas of science technology, engineering and mathematics education is critical. Our camps are held at Imperial College London in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering and our staff our experts from industry and academia.

Randall S Perry

The Founder, Dr Randall S Perry is a Senior Research Investigator and a past Royal Society Fellow based at Imperial College London. He has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Washington, has held the US and Canada National Science Foundation Fellowship at Oxford University, and has a NASA certification in Astrobiology. Dr. Perry is passionate about education and providing an excellent summer camp experience for students from all over the world. In addition to this, he has published widely in his areas of interest of planetary science, geochemistry, microbiology and education and he has collaborated with Dr Catherine Fosnot on whose learning methods the Space Design Challenge is based.

Yvonne Konieczna

Yvonne is Director of the Global Space Design Challenge Ltd and worked with Dr Randall Perry to launch the first UK Space Challenge in 2008. She joined the Space Science and Engineering Foundation as CEO in October 2016. She previously worked for Genesis Research Trust as Director of Marketing and Communications and prior to that, worked for the Scientific Exploration Society, VisitBritain, Champneys and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Her aim is to ensure students achieve, enjoy and succeed.

What is it?

A unique science and engineering week culminating in a challenge designed as a simulation of life in industry.

Global Space Design Challenge is an intensive two-week residential programme for the highest achieving students throughout the world.
It offers you the chance to learn from  teachers at Imperial College London – the university in the UK to focus solely on science, engineering, medicine and business.

  • You will have the chance to take your subject knowledge to the next level through a challenging academic programme
  • You will experience a unique opportunity to learn design, presentation and communication skills in an industrial setting
  • You will receive professional advice about applying for universities in the UK


Imperial College London South Kensington Campus. Exhibition Rd entrance (left), Albert Hall and Hyde Park (center) Royal School of Mines (right).

When is it?

16–27 July 2018

Who is it for?

High achieving 16 and 17 year olds interested in science, space, engineering and business.


Applicants must have English speaking skills and be aged between 16 and 17.

Any student reaching the age of 18 during the course will not be eligible to attend.

 How to Apply

Due to the popularity of our camp, early registration is recommended.