About Cubes in Space:
Cubes in Space, a program by idoodlEDU inc, is the only global competition for students 11-18 years of age to design and propose experiments to launch into space or a near space environment on a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure scientific balloon. Since the inception of the program in 2014, over 1,000 experiments representing 2300+ educators and 22000 students from 75+ countries have been flown. Other opportunities from idoodlEDU inc includes ION+ program, Mission Patch Contest, RocketFest, Student Academy and Educator Workshops.
Cubes in Space is offered in collaboration with NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Wallops Flight Facility, NASA’s Langley Research Center and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.
Nepal Astronomical Society and IdoodleEdu Inc signed an MoU in March 2021 to start Cubes in Space NASO program. Through this partnership we aim to create more opportunities for the students in Nepal to design space experiments, send them to space or near-space environments, collect and analyze them.
Cubes in Space NASO Workshop 2021:
The call for the first batch of ‘Cubes in Space NASO’ was opened in March 2021. After the review process, a total of 55 students from age 13 to 20 (we shifted age range 11-18 yrs) were selected to become a part of special workshop ‘Cubes in Space NASO 2021’. The selected students were divided into 15 different teams which worked to design their own experiment to send to the space/near-space environment.
This five-week workshop started from April 10 where students were provided a brief overview of the sounding rockets and scientific balloons. In addition, they also learnt how to design and propose an experiment for spaceflight. The experiments proposed by the teams had to have a clear purpose and connection to a real world earth or space-based problem or need. Going through subsequent weeks, sessions on planetary and atmospheric sciences and development of technologies for space exploration were led by guest speakers by Dr. William Moore(Planetary Scientist, NASA’s Langley Research Center) and Frank Peri (Director of Mission Assurance, NASA’s Langley Research Center) respectively.
After an extensive review process and Application for Spaceflight presentation on May 22, the panel selected two experiments out of 15 to fly on a NASA sounding rocket (Cubes in Space SR-7 mission) and a NASA large-scale, long-duration flight balloon (Cubes in Space RB-6 mission).
The project info of the selected experiment for SR-7 mission which was sent into space on June 25, 2021 from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility is:
- Experiment Title: The effect of ionizing radiation on the size of starch molecules in solution (Oobleck) and powder form
- Team Members: Saugat K.C., Dharamnath Sah, Oshan Sharma Kattel, Sashwot Sedhai
The project info of the selected experiment for RB-6 mission which was sent into near-space environment on August 27, 2021 from NASA’s Langley Research Center is:
- Experiment Title: The effect of low temperature, low air pressure and radiation on outgassing and brittleness of adhesives in near-space environments
- Team Members: Sandhya Sharma, Romi Adhikari, Shreya Pandey, Kalpana Yadav
These experiments sent to space/near-space environments have been retrieved from the NASA facilities back to the Cubes in Space office and then to the NASO office on January 26, 2022. Now the students involved will test the data/results from the experiments and verify their hypothesis.
Cubes in Space NASO 2022:
We will soon open the application for ‘Cubes in Space NASO 2022’. The eligibility criteria are:
- Students must be from 11 to 18 years old (we may decide if we need to shift it as we did for the first batch in consultation with CiS)
- Students must demonstrate strong motivation to work in a space experiment
- Students must not be enrolled in university level courses i
Any further details will be provided prior to the call for application. To learn more about the program, please visit www.nepalastronomicalsociety.org/CubesInSpace or call our office number 9843708248 (During office hours only).