Cape Tech Green Engineering Team Selected in Global Contest

Plastic container with Cape Tech’s Green Engineering class' project launched into space June 20.

CREST HAVEN - Cape Tech’s Green Engineering class under the tutelage of the teacher Emily Dougan entered a global contest earlier in the school year, which required developing a science experiment studying the impact of space travel and the resulting test material had to fit into a particular plastic cube.

According to a release, Tech’s science experiment is one of 60 that launched on a rocket June 20, from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.  

Dougan stated, “It takes imagination, creativity, critical thinking and non-traditional problem-solving skills to design an experiment that is connected to a real-world Earth or space-based problem and fit into a 4cm X 4cmX 4cm plastic cube.”  

The students combined a study of sustainable packaging and the impact on the paper in travel.  

After splashdown, the cubes will be retrieved, and next year's Tech’s Green Engineering students will conduct lab studies of the results.  

Cubes in SpaceTM, a program by idoodledu inc., is the only global competition, offered at no cost, for students 11-18 years of age to design and propose experiments to launch into space or a near-space environment on a NASA sounding rocket and zero-pressure scientific balloon.

The integrative STEAM-based program is in collaboration with NASA Goddard Space Flight Center’s Wallops Flight Facility, NASA Langley Research Center and the Colorado Space Grant Consortium.  

Cubes in Space brings to young explorers the opportunities to discover answers to their own questions. And what better way to give young imaginations and their boundless curiosity a place to soar than the chance to launch a design of their own into space?

Since 2014, Cubes in Space has flown 700 experiments representing 2200 educators and over 21,000 students from 73 different countries.