What is Cubes In Space?

A STE[A]M-based GLOBAL education program, Cubes in Spaceā„¢ provides students a no-cost opportunity to design and compete to launch an experiment into space!

Utilizing formal or informal learning environments, students and educators will be exposed to engaging content and activities in preparation for the design and development of an experimental payload to be integrated into a small cube (Cube). These Cubes will be launched into space via sounding rocket from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, VA in late June 2016 and is open to U.S. and international students ages 11-18.

An exciting new second flight opportunity is on a high altitude balloon launched from the NASA Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility at Fort Sumner, NM in August 2016.

Leveraging the excitement of space exploration, students and educators will learn about the methodology for taking an idea from concept development through to the design review process, spaceflight, and final experiment validation. Throughout the experience, students will acquire key 21st century skills necessary for success in a highly connected, global society.

Goals of Cubes In Space

We believe the integration of language and arts into traditional STEM education strategies is critical for a well rounded education. Therefore our program will be STEAM based - reflecting the interconnections between science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics.


Demonstrates to students relevant interconnections between STEAM concepts.


Builds students' confidence in their own intelligence and problem-solving abilities.


Inspires students to be inquisitive and seek out knowledge.


Provides real-world experiences in which students apply their knowledge.


Enables students to believe that they are analytical and effective thinkers capable of taking more difficult courses and pursuing STEM-related careers in the future.