Frequently Asked Questions

ABOUT PARTICIPATION:

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.

New this year! Parent can enroll students in a Cubes in Space Academy course and be taught directly by the founder and creator of the program.

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

No. The Cubes in Space program staff only correspond directly with adults - not minors. A parent can enroll their student in the Cubes in Space Academy where the Educator is the Founder of Cubes in Space. You can learn more by visiting www.courses.idoodledu.org.


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:

There is no cost to sign up for the FREE Program and submit an Application for Spaceflight on behalf of your student(s). If a student experiment is selected for flight, we do NOT charge a fee! If an Educator can purchase a one-year access to the full 150+ page curriculum and remote learning resources or professional development training,

  • 1. All participants must pay for shipping experiments to our offices. Shipping costs vary based upon package weight and location.
  • 2. For INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS, you must pay for ALL shipping costs to and from your location to our office in Virginia for your experiment.

Sign up for the program. From the courses.iedu.world page, select the FREE PROGRAM which gives you competition details, NASA resources, program updates, and access to submit the Intent to Fly Forms and Applications for Spaceflight., If you want a one-year access to the 150+ page curriculum, presentations, Scientific and Design Notebook for students and printables, choose the STANDARD COURSE. For one-year access to the remote learning resources, assessments and the Launch! Micro-g mission planning game, select from our menu of course add-ons. The ION+ Program will be available after the beginning of January - based on number of pre-registrations.

ABOUT EDUCATORS:

An Educator is an adult who registers for the Cubes in Space program to gain access to content and resources to facilitate the program for students. The Educators 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 and Cubes in Space 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. Even a parent that wants to teach their child can be an Educator. After an adult registers for the program, the Cubes in Space staff does verify the identities of the adult participants.

The primary responsibility of the Educator 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. Educators are provided a curriculum and resources to guide the students through the research, design and proposal writing processes. An Educator is meant to be a "guide on the side." Following the directions and activity plans will allow Educators to guide students to become more self-directed learners. With a little prompting from the Educator, the students will initiate discussions and take the lead to discover answers to the questions they generate. The Educator this there to provide some instruction and to help keep the students on track for success.

No. There are resources available (not with the FREE program) that provide step-by-step instructions, answer keys, videos, presentations and even scripts to support Educators in helping the students learn about sounding rockets, zero-pressure scientific balloons, researching, and proposal writing. There are even materials to guide Educators to help students organize their thoughts during the exploration, researching and learning processes.

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 and Educator, you will obviously spend more time than veteran Educators. No matter what, even if you are a returning Educator, 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 learn along with them and become part of their excitement!

The Cubes in Space program does not directly interact with minors, with the exception of the Cubes in Space Academy. The Educators are the Points of Contact between the Cubes in Space staff and students. Therefore, it is critically important that Educators 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 Educator must complete the Spaceflight Certification Form that verifies that all contents of the experiment are fully compliant with all NASA and Cubes in Space regulations.

ABOUT COMMUNICATION:

Within our course platform, we send individual and group messages. The email messages will come from no-reply@thinkific.com as that is the learning management system (LMS) platform that we use for our courses. In addition, we post weekly to the Communities forum. Once in the LMS, we provide an email address to which Educators can directly contact us. Currently, the LMS does not have two-way communication messaging system like Moodle or Blackboard.

We strongly encourage people to subscribe or follow us on @CubesinSpace on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also join our mailing list newsletters and other announcements.

ABOUT EXPERIMENTS:

No. Powered experiments, which include atmospheric sensors, are permitted on the scientific balloon missions. However, priority will be given to Cubes in Space ION+ experiments for powered payload space.

Educators submit an Intent to Fly Form (IFF) providing the name of experiment and the stated hypothesis. If the IFF is approved, then an invitation to submit an Application for Spaceflight will be sent to the Educators. With the Preliminary Design Review, constructive feedback and requests for revisions are common. Upon submission of a Revised Application for Spaceflight, a Review Panel consisting of aerospace science, engineering and education professionals will conduct a Final Design Review to evaluate Application for Spaceflight proposals.

Note: if a country already has a suborbital or orbital science student flight program associated with its space agency, then priority will be given to experiments from countries that do not provide student flight opportunities.

Students are only limited by their imaginations and ability for their experiment data to connect to an Earth or space-based problem or need. Here are just some of the experiment categories: biology, biochemistry, biomedicine, microbiology, geology, material science, agriculture, atmospheric science, medical science, pharmacology, chemistry, physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, indigenous medicine and agriculture, hydrology, etc. Be sure the students clearly explain why they need a space or near-space environment to test their experiment.

ABOUT TECHNOLOGY ISSUES:

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 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 online course account. Contact info@cubesinspace.com if you need additional assistance.