Isabel Escobar, one of 17 students in Academia Cotopaxi's after school NASA/CIS Club, presented at NASA's Wallop's Flight Center; both on-stage and during a student exhibit. She explained how the data received from space flight on the Terrier-Improved Orion Sounding rocket - for one, of the two accepted experiments for rocket launch - will contribute to human space flight. The remaining three experiments will be launched in an edge-of-space balloon in August, and then the data will be analyzed and shared during the fall of 2017. Great job, Isabel!
NASA/CIS after school students have successfully completed the
construction of their five science experiments, now ready for launch on a
NASA rocket or edge-of-space balloon! View the video clip for an
understanding of the inquiry process that's taken place for this
project-based learning opportunity: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzMnvN1cmSZZU01EYjlkTHl1R3M/view?usp=sharing.
When the data is obtained in the fall of 2017, students will proceed to
the analytical and sharing portion of this fabulous, global
While all experiments have meaningful applications for space exploration, the properties being explored include the following:
Two experiments will launch from a sounding rocket at NASA Wallops Flight Facility. The pinto bean experiment
will test the effects of extreme launch forces, as well as the
bombardment of radiation from the ionosphere and space on the growth of
plants from seeds. The kinetic sand experiment is to determine if the sand can withstand the extreme forces associated with rocket launches and micro gravity.
Three experiments will launch from and edge-of-space balloon at
NASA's Colombia Scientific Balloon Facility. Experiments include, once
again, pinto beans and kinetic sand, as well as ultrasound gel;
the purpose of which is to determine if the materials can tolerate
conditions found in space, such as extreme radiation temperature
For more information, check out the following link: http://www.cubesinspace.com/.
All FIVE of the "Cubes in Space/NASA Club" science experiments were accepted! Here's CIS's press release:
Cubes in Space™ is a program by idoodledu inc., in
collaboration with NASA’s Langley Research Center, NASA’s Wallops Flight
Facility and Colorado Space Grant Consortium, offers global design competitions
for students 11-18 years of age to develop STEAM-based experiments for launch
Used in formal or informal learning environments,
students and educators are exposed to engaging online content and activities in
preparation for the design and development of an experiment to be integrated
into a small cube. Throughout the experience, students develop key 21st century
skills; communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
Since 2014, Cubes in Space has flown nearly 400
experiments representing 1500 educators and over 20,000 students from 57
different countries. This year nearly 600 educators and thousands of
students from 39 countries participated and proposed experiments for a space on
a NASA sounding rocket or high-altitude scientific balloon mission. A
total of 160 experiments were selected and were designed by students from
Australia, Austria, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, India, Mexico, Serbia, the
United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, the and the United States of America.
The experiments will be launched via sounding
rocket in late June 2017 from NASA Wallops Flight Facility on the Eastern Shore
of Virginia or by high-altitude scientific balloon in late summer 2017 from
NASA’s Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility in Ft. Sumner, New Mexico.
Now we just need to wait until April 6, 2017 to see if any of the four proposals are accepted for flight on a sound rocket (NASA's Langley Space Center) or edge-of-space balloon (NASA's Wallops Space Center)!