Come Celebrate 10 Years of
Cubes in Space with Us!



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Get Your FlightFest 2024 Tickets

On behalf of iEDU, inc and the Cubes in SpaceTM program, we invite you to FlightFest 2024 - A Cubes in Space Odyssey, a very special multi-day event celebrating the suborbital science achievements of students from the ten years of the program culminating with the launch of the Sounding Rocket-10- (SR-10) mission on June 20th from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Virginia.

When: June 17-20, 2024

Where: Chincoteague Island, Virginia - Chincoteague Conference


LODGING INFORMATION:

To help out with your FlightFest stay, we have worked with two great hospitality partners that have arranged special pricing for a limited number of rooms at wonderful hotels and camping resorts in Chincoteague. These will be on a first come first serve basis!


MARINA BAY HOTEL & SUITES
2 Queen Bed w/ View

1 King Bed

2 Queen Beds
Cut-Off Date
May 26 2024
$199.00 per room $199.00 per room $199.00 per room

Marina Bay Hotel & Suites
3801 South Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Start Date: Sunday, June 16, 2024
End Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
Last Day to Book: May 26, 2024

Click here to book your Marina Bay Hotel group rate for FlightFest


BlueWater Hospitality Properties
Cabins and Cottages Sleep up to 6-people and have full kitchens, full bathrooms, and relaxing outdoor private seating areas.


Glamping &
Safari Tents
Sleep up to 6 people.


RV Rentals Sleeps 4 to 6 people, fun way to try out an RV without having to bring your own!


RV & Tent Sites Bring your own Tent or RV.

Click here for a complete list of options and locations





GETTING THERE:

Discover the Eastern Shore of Virginia! Chincoteague Island and NASA's Wallops Flight Facility are located on Route 175, six miles east of US-13 and five miles west of Chincoteague Island in Virginia. It is a 60-minute drive south from Salisbury and Ocean City, Maryland and a 90-minute drive north from the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need your own form of transportation to get around Chincoteague Island and surrounding sites. There is no public transportation in Chincoteague as it is a very small town. There is Greyhound bus service from some airports to a stop on Route 13. However, there is no transportation from that drop off point to Chincoteague Island.

Closest Airports:

  • Norfolk International (ORF) Airport, Norfolk Virginia
    (two hours drive to Chincoteague)
  • Salisbury-Ocean City (SBY) Regional Airport, Salisbury Maryland
    (one hour drive to Chincoteague)
  • Ronald Reagan International (DCA) Airport, Arlington Virginia
    (at least 3.5 drive to Chincoteague)
  • Dulles International (IAD) Airport, Herndon Virginia
    (at least 4 hours drive to Chincoteague)
  • Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI), Baltimore, Maryland (at least 3 hours drive to Chincoteague)
  • If flying into airports other than SBY, there are tolls for the bridges and tunnels. Cash, credit cards and EZPass are accepted forms of payment.

    If you are traveling from Norfolk International Airport, please be aware there is a hefty toll ($14.00 cash or credit one way) for the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. http://www.cbbt.com/toll-calculator/. If you have an EZ PASS transponder, you can use that. However, it is an amazing bridge that spans the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay! The views are spectacular, and you’ll see many species of gulls and even pelicans. You may be lucky enough to see US Navy aircraft carriers or battleships going out to sea!

    OTHER TRAVEL INFORMATION:

    Chincoteague Conference Center: 6155 Community Dr, Chincoteague, VA 23336

    Marina Bay Hotel and Suites: 3801 Main St, Chincoteague, VA 23336

    NASA’S WALLOPS FLIGHT FACILITY VISITOR CENTER - TRAVEL INFORMATION:

    Since the Visitor Center has no physical address (we know, really weird), you might find it easier to use Google maps and search for "NASA's Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center". If you still need help finding the Visitor Center, please call: +1-757-824-1404.

    https://www.nasa.gov/wallops/visitor-center


    FLIGHTFEST 2024 - CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

    We suggest that participants and families arrive in Chincoteague Island on Sunday or Monday morning. FlightFest programming officially begins Monday afternoon at 4:30 PM at the Chincoteague Conference Center. Check-in times are limited by staffing availability.

    Any person in attendance must have a Student Participant, Educator Participant, or Guest Participant ticket and badge to enter the Chincoteague Conference Center to ensure a safe and secure environment for our participants.

    LOCATION - CHINCOTEAGUE CONFERENCE CENTER (CCC)

    1:00 - 1:30 PM SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT ONLY
    Early Check-in only For Monday Virginia SpacePort Tour Attendees
    (Ticketed Event - only U.S. citizens and Permanent Residents eligible)


    1:30 - 1:45 PM SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT ONLY
    Load Bus for Virginia SpacePort Tour (CCC Parking Lot)


    1:45 - 3:45 PM SPECIAL TICKETED EVENT ONLY
    Tour of Virginia SpacePort Tour of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport


    2:00 - 4:00 PM CHECK-IN
    Receive conference materials
    Meet & Greet with Team Cubes in Space
    QB Store Open - Exhibit Display Supplies Available for Purchase


    4:30 - 6:30 PM FLIGHTFEST KICK-OFF PROGRAM
    Welcome
    Keynote Speakers - Amber Agee-DeHart (iEDU/Cubes in Space); Dr. Joyce Winterton (NASA); David Pierce (NASA); Frank Peri (Astrobotic, retired NASA)
    10 Years of a Cubes in Space Odyssey
    Awards


    7:00 - 7:30 PM QB Store Open
    Late Check-In

    TOUR LOCATION - ROCKETLAB
    EXPO LOCATION - CHINCOTEAGUE CONFERENCE CENTER (CCC)

    8:00 - 12:00 PM Tours of RocketLab - special ticket event.
    US and International Educators and Students given priority.
    Pick up in CCC parking lot


    9:00 - 11:00 AM Set-up - Student Exhibit Expo - QB Store Open


    11:00 - 12:00 PM Lunch on your own (concession open for snacks and drinks purchase)


    12:30 - 4:00 PM Student Exhibit Expo - NASA and Industry Exhibits - QB Store Open


    6:00 - 8:30 PM Amateur Rocket Build-A-Thon - special ticketed event

    EXPO LOCATION - CHINCOTEAGUE CONFERENCE CENTER

    8:30 - 9:45 AM Building Professional Skills Forum - NASA, Astrobotic, RocketLab, Virginia Spaceport Authority, iEDU (main conference area)


    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM Workshops and Seminars for students, educators, families and guests - Activity Ports 1-3


    12:00 - 1:00 PM Lunch on your own (concession open for snacks and drinks purchase)
    QB Store Open


    1:00 - 4:00 PM Cubes in Space Program and Student Presentations in Main Conference Area


    6:00 - 6:30 PM Model Rocket - Primary Launch Attempt (CCC “Launchpad”)


    6:30 - 9:00 PM Retro Astro Party
    Space themed costume contest, games, activities, and music - All invited!

    THURSDAY - PRIMARY LAUNCH ATTEMPT FOR SR-10 FLYING ON NASA’S ROCKSAT-C MISSION, LAUNCH WINDOW 5:30 - 8:30 AM (launch viewing location information given at check-in)

    5:15 AM If viewing at NASA’s Visitor Center - Arrive no later to get seat in view stands


    5:30 AM Launch of NASA’s RockSAT-C - Cubes in Space SR-10 mission


    9:30 - 10:30 AM Model Rocket Secondary Launch - CCC “Launchpad”


    11:00 - 12:45 PM Tour of Virginia SpacePort Tour of Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
    (only U.S. citizens and permanent residents eligible) - Special Ticketed Event


    Later Afternoon Experiment Pick-up (notification via text)
    Last chance to visit QB store and Good-byes!
    Location - Chincoteague Conference Center


    STUDENT ACTIVITIES

    Student Exhibit Expo

    Students are proud of their sounding rocket or balloon experiment achievements - and they should be! Now let’s share these achievements with loads of people! For the Exhibit Expo, students will design and construct an exhibit space incorporating a tri-fold or exhibit board in addition to any models or materials to make their “booth” eye-catching and engaging. Students will share with their peers, NASA and aerospace industry scientists and engineering, the media , educators and other members of the public about their experiment and what they learned during their Cubes in Space experience. As part of NASA’s Media Day that provides public outreach about the sounding rocket launch and student programs conducted this week, students will be interviewed by NASA and regional media outlets. Students will learn and apply public outreach and communication skills during this event. Having an “elevator speech” mentally prepared to clearly and concisely describe the experiment is strongly suggested. Students should be able to describe the purpose of their experiment and how it connects to an Earth or space-based problem or need, the nature of the hypothesis, and what the significance of possible outcomes to a variety of different audiences - from the general public to NASA scientists!

    Traveling from afar and can’t transport your board or a plane? No problem! We will have boards, supplies and other materials to purchase from the QB Store on Monday and Tuesday morning. We strongly urge you to plan out your boards in advance and bring printed-out components and any art work with you as there are limited opportunities or locations that offer printing on the island.

    Specific information about creating engaging exhibits will be sent to participants later in May.



    Student Conference Presentations

    On Wednesday afternoon, students will deliver 5-7 minute presentations about their research and experiments flying on the sounding rocket or research balloon missions to a large audience in the main conference area.

    Specific information about creating engaging presentations will be sent to participants later in May.



    TICKET PRICES AND REGISTRATION DEADLINES

    Type of Registration Dates Registration Costs
    Early Bird Ends 10 May 2024 Student or Educator $45
    Guest $15
    Regular 11 May - 01 June 2024 Student or Educator $60
    Guest $25
    Late 01 June - 07 June 2023 Student or Educator $70
    Guest $30
    08 June - At the door 08 June - 17 June 2024 Student or Educator $85
    Guest $30
    you will not receive personalized conference materials such as printed badges

    SPECIAL EVENTS - purchase separate tickets


    Eligibility: Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible to participate due to the high-security area.


    Priority: Cubes in Space students and educators given priority - students under age of 14 need to be accompanied by their educator or parent/caregiver. (Contact us if you wish to be an educator/adult chaperone for a tour. You will not be charged for the tour) cubesinspace@gmail.com


    Ages: 11+


    Dates: Monday, 17 June 2024 1:30 - 3:45 PM and
    Thursday, 20 June 2024 11:00 AM - 12:45 PM
    (dates and time subject to change)


    Cost: $10.00 USD

    This year we are partnering with the Virginia Spaceport Authority to offer two tour opportunities of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport on Wallops Island where NASA, RocketLab, companies like Northrop Grumman and the U.S. government launch large-scale rockets that put satellites in orbit and send payloads to the International Space Station. The tour will be conducted by Virginia Spaceport Authority personnel and departs from the Chincoteague Conference Center parking lot.

    The total tour time is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes that includes travel time to and from the Chincoteague Conference Center. There are no washrooms available on Wallops Island.


    Eligibility: Any U.S. or international FlightFest participant that is NOT a resident of a NASA Designated Country found in Columns I, II, or III. Foreign Nationals are required to complete separate security documents at the facility.


    Priority: Cubes in Space students and educators given priority - students under age of 14 need to be accompanied by their educator or parent/caregiver. (Contact us if you wish to be an educator/adult chaperone for a tour. You will not be charged for the tour) cubesinspace@gmail.com


    Ages: 11+


    Dates: Tuesday, 18 June 2024 - three tours offered between 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM.


    Cost: $10.00 USD

    This year we are partnering with RocketLab to offer three tour opportunities at the RocketLab that includes Mission Control and their vehicle assembly facility. The tour will be conducted by RocketLab personnel.

    The total tour time is approximately 1 hour that includes travel time to and from the Chincoteague Conference Center.


    Eligibility: Any FlightFest participant - students, educators or guests.
    Children younger than 14 MUST be accompanied by adult 18 years or older


    Tickets Available: 30 (ticket is for a team of 2)


    Time: 18 June 2024 - 6:00 - 8:30 PM


    Cost: $50 Team of (2) includes all materials (excluding launch system) for one rocket.
    Maximum of 30 teams (number of rockets we can launch)

    Have you wanted to build and launch a model rocket but were intimidated by the process? Well guess what? We have a workshop session for that! Come join us on Tuesday, 18 June 2024 in the main conference area, for an action-packed, totally hands-on workshop led by Frank Peri, former Director of NASA’s Safety and Mission Assurance Directorate. Mr. Peri will guide participants through the model rocket-building and launch process. Learn the basics of engineering principles, build the rocket and integrate the motor, design the outside of your payload bay, and test your vehicle’s performance on Wednesday early evening or Thursday morning at the Chincoteague Conference Center “Launchpad.”

    A total of 30 model rocket kits will be distributed in the workshop. Up to two people can work on a rocket. For example, a parent and student, or two friends, or siblings can attend the workshop and build a model rocket unit together.

    Eligibility: Any student 14 - 18 years of age not attending university, Students do not need to have prior knowledge of electronics and coding to participate. This program works for the inexperienced to well experienced students


    Spaces Available: 15


    Time: Online Course 06 May - 10 June, 2024 with the Flight Readiness Review and hardware inspection on 19 June from 10:00 AM - NOON in Activity Port 3.
    (**Students not able to join FlightFest are required to participate in the Flight Readiness Review and Hardware Inspection via Zoom on 19 June 2024 in order for the ION+ experiment to be inspected prior to receiving approval to fly on the Cubes in Space RB-9 mission launched by NASA’s Balloon Program Office at the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility location in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico in late summer 2024.)


    Cost: $399 USD (includes enrollment in ION+ Online Student Academy, ION+ hardware kit and Flight Readiness Inspection, and flight space reserved on the CiS RB-9 payload launching on NASA’s Salter Test Flight Mission.)


    Enrollment: To enroll: https://courses.iedu.world/ion2024

    Students practice critical thinking and problem-solving skills while learning and applying engineering principles.

    Throughout this new Individual Onboard Nanocomputer (ION+) hybrid learning course, students gain an authentic learning experience to discover how engineering skills and design principles enable scientific space exploration and research. Engineering will be demystified when students learn to prepare and test the flight hardware and learn simple software techniques to collect environmental data on the upcoming CiS RB-9 mission. Students do not need to have prior knowledge of electronics and coding to participate. This program works for the inexperienced to well experienced students

    Students will gain technology development knowledge and skills using new content modules developed by Frank Peri (Director of Engineering, Astrobotic. NASA, Retired) and Amber Agee-DeHart (Founder and Director, Cubes in Space) and the next-gen ION+ Kits. These Cubes in Space flight-certified ION+ kits contain all of the materials and components necessary to acquire technology development knowledge and skills by students leading to flying microcomputer hardware to collect atmospheric and environmental data on the CiS RB-9 mission.The kits can be used in any learning environment allowing one to understand how to troubleshoot to solve a problem, answer questions and gather data by developing an engineered solution.

    The content includes basic principles of science and engineering. Engineering principles include how to take measurements, to perform simple data analyses, to understand coding algorithms and techniques, to use prototypes to test concepts, how to develop test procedures, and to turn prototypes into flight certified systems. Students will learn how to identify potential problems before they arise, and how to mitigate those problems. Students will apply these principles using hands-on projects involving electronic assemblies that can be reconfigured and reused.

    ION+ hardware units that pass inspection during the Flight Readiness Review on 19 June 2024 will be flown as part of the CiS Research Balloon-9 (RB-9) payload aboard NASA’s Balloon Program Office - Test Flight Mission in August 2024.

    Students will receive their ION+ unit kits via UPS by 20 May 2024. For non-US participants, we will contact you to provide international DHL shipping quotes. Plan $100-225 USD for shipping depending on your distance from the US. (For Canadian participants, the units may be hand-carried in checked baggage during Amber Agee-DeHart’s trip to Ottawa on 05 May eliminating need for international shipping.)

    For more information visit https://courses.iedu.world/ion2024



    SPECIAL EVENTS - free!


    Eligibility: Any Cubes in Space/FlightFest Educator


    Time: 17 June 2024 - Marina Bay Hotel Lounge - 9 PM (time subject to change)


    Cost: Free

    Educators will meet each other and with Amber Agee-DeHart, Founder and Director of Cubes in Space, to share their experiences and make suggestions for things they would like incorporated in future programming. We are all in this together, and we are sure there are great stories to share!


    Eligibility: Any FlightFest participant


    Time: 8:30 - 9:45 AM, Wednesday 19 June - Main conference area


    Cost: Free

    In this panel discussion, representatives from NASA and aerospace companies share the skills, knowledge and experiences needed for a career in the STEM and aerospace industries. Panelists will also share essential higher education courses or pathways needed to prepare students for jobs of the future. Questions can be submitted in advance and to the moderator during the discussion.


    Eligibility: Any FlightFest participant


    Time: 19 June 2024, Concurrent Session, Activity Port 2


    Cost: Free

    Applications to college or university have become increasingly more complex, difficult and frustrating. What are the questions one should ask in choosing a university or college to which to apply? Learn what is involved in the process and what to do when your child has their sights set on a specific university. If you are about to embark on this life-changing - and potentially expensive journey - join this engaging discussion and also have your questions answered. A Cubes in Space student alumnus will describe her university experience and discuss what students and educators can expect. We are looking for a Canadian parent that can share the university process for Canucks too!

    Eligibility: Any FlightFest attendee - participants 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


    Time: 19 June 2024 - morning


    Cost: Free

    NASA scientific balloons are able to stop and float at designated altitudes to take measurements and conduct investigations. In this hands-on and fun session, participants use their critical and creative thinking skills and employ the engineering design process to make their balloons stop at specific altitudes while carrying a balanced payload mass. Come and get your engineering on and have some laughs!

    Eligibility: Any FlightFest attendee - participants 10 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


    Time: 19 June 2024 - morning


    Cost: Free

    What are the decisions to be made to make a rocket go as high and as far to fulfill mission requirements? Build simple paper rockets, change variables such as fin shape or mass, and launch your rockets to land on a target. Engineering does not have to be complicated, and it can be done with simple items. Earn your “Rocket Scientist” badge and leave this workshop even smarter than you are now. Perfect for learners of all ages!

    Eligibility: FlightFest attendee/participant 14 years and older


    Time: 19 June 2024 - morning


    Cost: Free

    Come learn and play a sounding rocket mission design card game created by Amber Agee-DeHart and Robert Sowah. Compete to “launch” your mission to achieve the highest science return value for the lowest mission budget. Will you achieve total mission success…. Or something else? This is a great game for classroom students to play to learn about space mission design principles and suborbital science missions.



    Thank You!

    We would like to thank NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center - Wallops Flight Facility, NASA's Sounding Rocket Program Office, NASA's Balloon Program Office, RocketLab, and the Virginia Spaceport Authority, and the City of Chincoteague for making FlightFest 2024 possible this year!




    Special Announcement for 2025!

    After 10 years of the Cubes in Space team dedicating their summers to putting together a fun and engaging FlightFest in June for everyone, we have decided that they deserve a full summer as well. That said, there will be no FlightFest 2025. Our team will be enjoying a well-earned vacation.

    For this year, we will see you all in Chincoteague for FlightFest 2024!





    Join our smiling faces at FlightFest 2024!