Ian K Ramdhanie, msC,
An experiment designed by a group of Northgate College students will be launched into space, after the school copped a top award in the global Cubes In Space contest.
The NorthGate College students' experiment, along with the others from around the world, will be launched into space via a sounding rocket from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Viriginia, USA on June 26th.
Visit the Cubes In Space website to watch the rocket launch on June 26th, 2014 through the live feed.
Cubes in Space is a no-cost global design competition for students aged 11-14 years old to develop experiments for launch into space.
"The team from Northgate College took to heart the goals of the program", said Amber Agee-DeHart, Founder of the Cubes In Space program. "The goals of the Cubes in Space program are to show students the interconnections between STEM concepts and to teach students to become analytical and effective thinkers. The team from Northgate College captured those ideas with their experiment "Ionization Investigation".
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines—science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
"Being part of such an exciting global educational program is very fulfilling to us," said Nicholas Andrews, Managing Director of The MPAC Group, London. "Nurturing the young minds of the future with programs like Cubes In Space helps build the business and scientific leaders of tomorrow."
"It was an intense, but absolutely enjoyable experience for Northgate College. We have always encouraged our students to think beyond the curriculum. The Cubes in Space program presented a wonderful opportunity for us to witness this in action as the teamwork, creativity and excellence we encourage all our students to pursue, was on full display", said Dr. Noel Woodroffe, Chairman and Founder of Northgate College.
"This is indeed a proud moment for our Northgate College family across the world."
The Cubes In Space program is a partnership between Rubik Learning Initiative, idoodlesoftware, the Colorado Space Grant Consortium's RockSat-C program and supported by the Sounding Rocket Program Office at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Idoodlesoftware is an education software company offering innovative solutions to bridge the gap between traditional and digital learning.