Sounding Rocket Mission
Research Balloon Mission
Key Dates and Deadlines for 2016/2017 Program
September 12th - Registration opens and Design Toolkit available to all registrants
October 10th - Entire Design Toolkit available to all registrants
January 6th - Registration closes
March 6th - Application for spaceflight proposals submitted
April 6st - Selected applicants notified
May 26th - Deadline to receive students experiments back at CiS
Late June - Launch of payloads from NASA Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia
Late August - Launch of balloon payloads from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility at Fort Sumner, NM
Who is the Program For?
Students 11-18 years of age who:
- need or crave something inspiring to ignite their imaginations and fuel their desire to learn problem solving abilities.
- want the opportunity to design an experiment for spaceflight.
Educators of students 11-18 years old who:
- are looking for a creative and unique way to teach kids about space exploration.
- want to inspire kids about STEAM-related careers and learning.
- Are trying to teach kids how to problem solve.
How Does the Program Work?
- Organizations or educators that are interested in hosting the program for students will register through the CiS website
- When the program reopens for the following year, registrants will be given access to the online course and the Design Toolkit which contains background and instructional materials, lessons, and activities that will prepare students for the design through to the review process.
- By early March of each year, students will submit a succinct proposal that explains and pitches their experimental design as part of their application for spaceflight.
- Winning designs are announced in April of each year. Students receive their Cubes in which to integrate their experiments in early April.
- Cubes in Space can either be integrated into the classroom as a comprehensive design project or offered as an extracurricular program.
- Community outreach programs, science and technology camps, and after school clubs are just a few examples of organizations that serve children that are eligible to host the Cubes in Space program.
- The program is designed to be completed in approximately 12-15 hours broken up into multiple sessions or phases.
- Students may progress more quickly or slowly through the phases depending on their level of prior knowledge, interest, enthusiasm and motivation.
What Makes this Program Unique?
- This is the only program of this kind that is free for students and educators to participate no fundraising is needed. Without our program, other opportunities for students to have their experiments sent into space cost upwards of $25,000 USD!
- Each year, we are able to offer 80 experiments spaceflight on a sounding rocket and another 50-100 experiments on a high altitude balloon.
- Students are returned their cubes to observe the effects of spaceflight on their experiment.
- Teachers or coordinators don't need to have a background in astronomy or engineering to facilitate the program for students. We have made the program so that it is easy to teach.
- Can earn the bragging rights that they competed and won the opportunity to send their experiment into space.
- Discover the answer to the commonly asked question, "how is what we are learning in school used in the real world?"
- Gain critical 21st century skills that will help them be successful in high school and beyond.
- Can create an environment in which to enjoy the experience of facilitating authentic learning without highstakes testing or grading work.
- Gain a sense of pride in helping students to become self-guided learners.
- Learn and have fun along with the students.