What's In This Course

This course provides all the content and resources of the Standard Course but also includes our new Educator Institute! Learn the content in addition to how to teach it in a variety of educational settings. You'll love this new format and interacting with educators like you!

  • Instructional Resources

    Printables, PowerPoint and Slide presentations and videos - you get all of these resources associated with each module to use with your students. You'll even have the ability to edit presentations! Detailed User Guide for the Intent to Fly Form and Application for Spaceflight is also included.

  • Curriculum

    This 150+ page, five-module curriculum covers the concepts of scientific inquiry, the engineering design process, how to design research, systems thinking and diagramming along with engaging content about NASA's sounding rockets and long-duration flight scientific balloons.

  • Educator Institute

    Something new, fun and exciting! Select an Educator Institute session, that fits into your schedule and learn the content like your students! This engaging learn, do and discuss format allows you to get up-and-running quickly to deliver the program to your students.

Course Outline

This flex-schedule course allows you to learn at your own pace each week.  We know your time is precious, so we've gone heavy on videos and presentations to deliver content to you!  Yes, there will be some reading - but this is not a university course :)  

This course focuses on practicing skills and completing the activities you would give your students. Then you will have your set of "answer keys" and activity examples in addition to understanding where your students may need more support from you.  

You will be joined by a community of educators from informal, non-formal, homeschool and formal educational environments. The learn-do-share-discuss approach allows you to share with and learn from other educators.  And of course, you will be directly connected with the Cubes in Space program to ask questions and request feedback. We are here for you!

Each week you will:

  • View videos and presentations to learn the science, engineering and aerospace content
  • Review materials from the Cubes in Space Curriculum
  • Complete and upload activities for feedback and discussion
  • Engage in forum discussions
  • Complete and pass a knowledge check
  • Be an active learner 
  • Spend at least 3-5 hours learning the content and completing the activities
  • Discuss suitable ed tech that could be integrated into your instruction
  • Have fun...yes, we actually believe you will!

Week 1: Introduction
Module 1 (What's the Question?)
-Program overview/how the program works
-Instructional methods
-Tour of the course
-Science and Engineering Design Notebook set-up
-Asking the Right Questions activity
-Systems Thinking and Diagramming
Week 2:
Module 2 - It's ALL By Design & Module 3 - It IS Rocket Science!
Airborne Science, Sounding Rocket 

Interpret data, create simple data tables, inforgraphics and models to communicate information about the launch capabilities and the mass calculations necessary for the design of the experiments to fly on the NASA sounding rocket.
-What's the Connection activity
-Ready for Research
-It IS Rocket Science! Part 1

- 3.1 Data and Dimensions
- 3.2 Building a Flight Profile
- 3.3 It All Adds Up
Week 3:
Module 3 - It IS Rocket Science! Sounding Rocket
-It IS Rocket Science! Part 2
-Data and variables (launch and flight performance data and variables)

3.4 Organize and Explain Data
3.5 Data Analysis
3.6 Interpretation and Inferences
-Requirements and Constraints for SR-7 mission
-System thinking and diagramming activity

Week 4:
Module 4 - Big Balloons = Big Science! Zero-Pressure, Scientific Balloon
Analyze the characteristics of a zero-pressure, scientific balloon, the mechanics of flight, and teh types of science that can be conducted n support of the development of an experience or investigation for a near-space environment.

4.1 Discovering Answers
4.2 What's Up with That?
4.3 How High is High?
4.4 Virtual Ballooning
4.5 Verifying and Validating Data

Week 5: Module 5 - What Do You Propose?  Review launch, flight and environmental conditions associated with the sounding rocket and scientific balloon missions. Prepare students to: design an experiment; compose, write and submit a proposal describing the experiment; construct a technical/scientific diagram of the experiment's components and configuration; submit an Application for Spaceflight.

5.1 Proposal Prep and Review
5.2 Defining Variables
5.3 Getting Focused
5.4 Defining the Hypothesis
5.5 Time to Design It!

Week 6: Putting It All Together This week is dedicated to deciding how you will deliver the program to your students.  We will engage in high-quality, in-depth discussions through forums and a live Q&A session. Show, share and discuss will be the format for our last week together.  

Join this Course

Why? Because this course is awesome. Nowhere else will you get this level of instruction and support to help you deliver the Cubes in Space program to your students! And the bonus - a Professional Development certificate just for you!