FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

U.S. and international students between the ages of 11-18 year and not attending university can participate in the program. However, students need an adult or educator to register and facilitate the course for them. Students may NOT register on their own.

Yes, but there are some exceptions. Countries appearing on the NASA Designated Counties List may be subject to exclusion from the Cubes in Space program. Please see this document for countries appearing on the list: https://oiir.hq.nasa.gov/nasaecp/docs/DCList_01-17-2018.pdf

It is free to submit an Application for Spaceflight. If a student experiment is selected for flight, we do NOT charge a fee!

1. All participants must pay for shipping experiments to our offices.

2. For INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS, you must pay for ALL shipping costs to and from your location to our office in Virginia for your experiment.

A Sponsor is an adult who registers for the Cubes in Space program to gain access to content and resources to facilitate the program. The adult Sponsors submit Applications for Spaceflight on behalf of students. If a student's experiment is selected for spaceflight, the Sponsor must complete the Spaceflight Certification Form that verifies that all contents of the experiment are fully compliant with all NASA regulations.

Any adult that is a formal, informal or homeschool educator qualifies and can register. In addition, adults involved with after-school and out-of-school clubs and organizations may register too. After an adult registers for the program, the Cubes in Space staff does verify the identities of the adult participants.

The Cubes in Space program does not directly interact with minors. The Sponsors are the Points of Contact between the Cubes in Space staff and students. Therefore, it is critically important that Sponsors check the online system messages and/or their emails frequently to receive messages from the Cubes in Space staff. If a student's experiment is selected for spaceflight, the Sponsor must complete the Spaceflight Certification Form that verifies that all contents of the experiment are fully compliant with all NASA regulations.

No. The Cubes in Space program staff only correspond directly with adults - not minors.

The primary responsibility of the Sponsor is to guide the students through a series of steps in order to design an experiment, create scientific diagrams of the experiment, and submit the proposal and diagrams as components of the Application for Spaceflight. Sponsors are provided a curriculum and resources to guide the students through the research, design and proposal writing processes. A Sponsor is meant to be a "guide on the side." Following the directions and activity plans will allow Sponsors to guide students to become more self-directed learners. With a little prompting from the Sponsor, the students will initiate discussions and take the lead to discover answers to the questions they generate. The Sponsor this there to provide some instruction and to help keep the students on track for success.

We will not sugar coat it - facilitating the program is a time commitment. The amount of time it takes depends on several factors. If you have older or more advanced students, you may need to spend less time teaching students the fundamentals of scientific inquiry or how to research. If this is your first time as Sponsor, you will obviously spend more time than veteran Sponsors. No matter what, even if you are a returning Sponsor, give yourself at least day or two to review all of the materials. You will spend at least 15+ "contact hours" facilitating the course. The students really become immersed in the program; therefore, you will probably spend more time with them than you originally thought. But this is a GREAT thing as you will be part of their excitement!

No. There are resources that provide step-by-step instructions, answer keys, videos, PowerPoint presentations and even scripts to support Sponsors in helping the students learn about sounding rockets, zero-pressure scientific balloons, researching, and proposal writing. There are even materials to guide Sponsors to help students organize their thoughts during the exploration, researching and learning processes.

Check your SPAM folder or ask your school division's technical system administrator to remove a SPAM block for emails coming from @idoodledu.org @cubesinspace.com or @thinkific.com addresses.

You can reset your password by going to the Sign In page at courses.idoodledu.org. Select Sign In>Forgot My Password. After inputting your email address and selecting Forgot My Password. You will receive an email from idoodlEdu Thinkatorium with a link to reset your password. Click on Change My Password. This email can take 5-10 minutes to be received. Note that if you click Forgot My Password many times, multiple emails will be sent, and only the reset link in the most recent email will work.

You may change your email address in the Profile section of your account. Contact info@cubesinspace.com for additional assistance.

There are several course packages from with to choose to gain access to the course materials.

  • The FREE course provides access to the Intent to Fly Forms and the Application for Spaceflight directions and form examples, access to the forms then they are officially opened in February and March of 2020, the Requirements and Constraints document for each mission, and links to helpful NASA content and media.
  • With the Basic, Standard and Premium courses, you have full access to the downloadable curriculum.
  • PowerPoint presentations and videos to use during instruction are found in the Basic, Standard and Premium courses.

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