Educational Programs

Send your Science into Space: the Cubes in Space Competition

Imagine your experiment was being propelled on a sounding rocket into Space. That could be a reality!

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum, in partnership with the Cubes in Space Program from idoodlelearning, is running a contest to allow one lucky individual (aged 11-18 years old) to send their science experiment into space on a sounding rocket.  The science experiment must fit inside a clear plastic cube that is 4x4x4 cm.

In order to compete in the contest applicants must submit their registration form and application before April 22nd 2017.  To see what needs to be included in the application click here.

All of the applications will be screened by Museum staff.  The top applications will then be invited to create their experiment, and present their concepts to a panel of judges on the 29th of April 2017.  The museum will provide a cube to all applicants invited to present their experiments.  After these presentations, the winning experiment will be selected and applicants will be informed of the results.

The winning experiment will be sent into space on a sounding rocket.  Once the rocket has landed, the experiment will be returned to the student if the payload is recoverable.  Applicants should anticipate a late summer/early fall delivery.

You can view our Event Calendar to find activities for the Cubes in Space Program at the museum every weekend until the end of February.

Rules and Regulations

  1. All applicants must submit their registration form and their application before March 18th 2017. For registration form and application form click here.
  2. Any applicant under the age of 18 must have a parent, guardian or teacher submit their application to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Cubes in Space contest on their behalf.
  3. All applications must contain the information outlined here.
  4. All proposed experiments must meet the NASA requirements outlined here.


In order to complete the initial application, all applicants must contain the following information:

  • 2,500 characters (maximum) outlining the purpose of the payload:
    • What do you want to know?
    • Why do you want to know it?
    • How does my experiment and anticipated results solve or connect to a real-world situation or problem in Canada or in Space?
  • 2,500 characters (maximum) outlining the experiment description:
    • How am I going to find out what I want to know?
    • What are the specific details regarding how the experiment will be conducted?
    • Some examples of details needed include:
      • List/quantity of materials
      • Procedure for how the experiment will be conducted
      • Diagram of the experiment (uploaded separately in PDF format, please send by email to Hayley Mae Jones (
      • Does my experiment meet the NASA requirements outlined here
  • 2,500 characters (maximum) outlining what do I predict will happen:
    • What are the anticipated results of your experiment or investigation?
    • Upon what evidence or observations do you base your predictions?
    • What are your procedures to obtain the information, data and answers to the questions posed as a result of the experiment?
    • How will you know that you have the answers to your questions as a result of the experiment or investigation?
  • 2,500 characters (maximum) outlining how this information could be used:
    • Describe how you intend to communicate the results of your investigation or experiment with the Canada Aviation and Space Museum and the people/entities that could benefit or be interested.
    • How will you communicate the results with your teacher, school, peers, community, etc.?

NASA Requirements

In order to have an eligible submission, all applicants’ proposed experiments must meet the following requirements:


  • DO weigh 64 grams ±2 g
  • DO secure your payload inside your cube
  • DO design your payload so that it can be opened and inspected prior to launch
  • DO get approval for gels used in payloads
  • DO get approval for micro/macro organism payloads*
  • DO get approval for all power sources (common household batteries only) used in payload*
  • DO get approval for all non-hazardous chemicals used in payload*
  • DO ensure all payload labels are on the outside of your cube


  • NO lasers
  • NO radiation sources
  • NO communication devices
  • NO explosives
  • NO flammable materials/items
  • NO pressurized items greater than 30 psi
  • NO payloads that include insects, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians (bacteria, larva, and/or algae OK with approval)
  • NO plant materials that break down into liquid (e.g., mushrooms, cucumbers, lettuce)
  • NO liquids (gels possible with approval)


  • Size: 4x4x4 cm
  • Cube opens at middle with a top and bottom component
  • Material: Clear, rigid plastic

*All approval requests must be sent to Hayley Mae Jones at

Frequently Asked Questions

When will I be notified if my initial application is one of the top selected experiments?

All applicants will be notified regarding the contest results by March 31st 2017. Results will be sent out to the parent/guardian/teacher who submitted on behalf of the applicants. If applicants are 18 years of age, results will be submitted directly to the applicants

Can I submit my application in French?

Applications may be submitted in English or French.

What is a sounding rocket?

A sounding or research rocket carries scientific instruments into space to take measurements along a non-orbiting and parabolic path (trajectory). This means the rocket flies up and then back down to Earth along an arced path.

Who will be judging the top experiments?

The panel of judges will be composed of educators, engineers, and corporate professionals. All experiments will be judged using a set of criteria based on their age range.

Who can participate?

Canadian students aged 11-18 years old may participate in this contest.

Can I participate if I am not 11-18 years old?

Students who do not meet the age requirements may not participate in the contest.

How much time is needed to complete all the program components?

The program is designed to be completed in approximately 12-15 hours broken into several sessions or phases. However, students may progress more quickly or slowly through the phases depending on their level of prior knowledge, interest, enthusiasm and motivation.

Who pays for the shipping?

The Canada Aviation and Space Museum will pay for all shipping.

How long is 2,500 characters?

2,500 characters is approximately half a page of text typed in single spaced Times New Roman size 12 font.

Feel free to contact Hayley Mae Jones ( with any additional questions.

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