Students' from the Program for Gifted Learners (PGL) and their teachers, Lorraine O'Reilly from St. Emily School and Deborah Quail-Blier from St. Brother Andre School have a lot to be excited about.
Five of their science projects have won a flight into space as part of the global Cubes in Space contest developed by idoodlelearning, in partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, with support from NASA's Science Mission Directorate and Sounding Rocket Program Offices.
The PGL students successfully competed against hundreds of students 11-18 years of age, from all continents to develop an experiment that fits inside a 4 cm x 4 cm x 4 cm plastic cube. In their proposals, our students justified why Cubes in Space should send their experiments into flight. The cubes will be launched via a sounding rocket at the end of June from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, and one will also fly on a balloon in mid August with NASA's Balloon Program Office in Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Students are excitedly waiting for the arrival of their cubes, where they will have the task of ballasting the loads to specific criteria before mailing them back for the space experimentation. Students from the Ottawa Catholic School Board who attend St. Emily and St. Brother Andre for PGL are the first in Canada to have their experiments go up into space as a part of the Global Cubes in Space contest!