Space Design Competition

10 - 12 March 2023, Milan, Italy

    Closing registrations 8 March 2023
    or until full capacity

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    Everyone is welcome!
    It doesn't matter if you love medicine, arts, architecture, 3D modelling, video games or anything else.
    Join the ITSDC to explore the universe, boost your creativity, and HAVE FUN !

    What is the ITSDC?

    Set up to in the distant future, the Italian Space Design Competition (ITSDC) is an exhilarating space settlement design challenge structured as a simulation of life in industry.

    Up to 200 individuals transform into company representatives competing in companies of up to 50 for a lucrative contract offered by the Foundation Society.

    Through the realm of space, the ITSDC aims to inspire and expose participants to the vast potential of future study, or even a career, in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics). The ITSDC is free-to-enter and open to all aged 14-19.

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    2021 Edition

    64 students

    400+ high schools

    POLIMI Host


    Finals at NASA in Florida

    This is your chance to potentially compete in the European rounds and then at the finals at the NASA Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA !

    Work as a space team !

    Join a wonderful group of space explorers
    ready for a new adventure!



    everyone is welcome !

    We cannot wait to see you all at the competition,
    NO MATTER what you are interested in!
    Arts, medicine, robotics, sports ... Everyone is WELCOME !

    ITSDC 21-22 Winning team - Deledda International School, Genoa

    2018 European Finals

    Join the competition! Register here

    It's FREE !

    10 - 12 March 2023, Milan, Italy



    Participating at the ITSDC really had a big impact on my life.It exposed me to a whole new world of educational and professional paths and it made me think out of the ordinary. Working with teams from around Italy, exchanging scientific ideas but also learning how to manage a team, how to stay focused under tight deadlines and deliver extremely challenging tasks, helped increase my own personal skillset as I start preparing for my future career.It also gave me the chance to qualify for the International finals at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral. That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience both in terms of learning and stimuli but also because I had amazing fun surrounded by a truly international crowd of young bright people.I will definitely participate in the next edition!Luigi Trucco - Italian Golden Ticket winner for NASA finals in Florida, Summer 2021

    Organized by the Space Pioneers Association


    Tommaso Tonina

    Veronica Cristellon
    Vice President

    Kareem Lewis

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    FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

    • Do I need to be an expert or be good at maths?
      NO! Everyone is welcome! It doesn't matter if you love topics like medicine, arts, architecture, 3D modelling, video games or anything else. EVERYONE IS WELCOME !
      The event is aimed at working together, sparking your creativity, and HAVE FUN !

    • What are the rules?
      a) All participants must be between the ages of 14 to 19. All team members must be 18 or under for the international finals at NASA.

      b) The competition will demand from you skills and knowledge not typically found in school events. Here, judges will give equal value to:

      - Scientific accuracy

      - Imagination and creativity

      - Communication and enthusiasm

      - Effectiveness at meeting the Request for Proposal (RFP). Entrants are expected to make reasonable assumptions about aspects not covered by the RFP.

    • How much does it cost?
      The event is completely FREE !

    • Will the competition be in English?
      Yes, and this will prepare you for the European Rounds as well as the finals at NASA in Florida, USA.

    • Do I need an English certificate?
      No but you need to be able to understand, speak, read, and write in English.

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