“The only source of knowledge is experience.” – Albert Einstein

Created by  educators

BLUECUBE Aerospace seeks to Build, Launch, Utilize, and Educate using CubeSat technology with student teams, middle school and high school ages. BLUECUBE Aerospace engages students, teachers and makers through its CubeSat emulator kits, camps, and workshops.

Just as scientific research reflects a new era of multidisciplinary studies, so should the preparation of students reflect crosscutting experiences, knowledge and critical thinking skills through the establishment of a national network of geographically represented instructional nodes.

BLUECUBE Aerospace works with educators and students to experience authentic science, conduct relevant research, and acquire marketable skills for the 21st Century workforce. Research shows that students are better engaged by hands-on instruction and learn through experience. Project-based learning and systems engineering allow students to apply the scientific and engineering methods to real-world problem-solving.

MISSION

  • Inspire middle school and high school students
  • Equip educators to build, launch, utilize and educate with CubeSats
  • Prepare the next generation
  • Create a competitive diverse and technical 21st century American workforce

The idea for the BLUECUBE concept was conceived in 2010 by Kevin Simmons and John D. Moore after meeting at the National Science Foundation.

Both were 2009-2011 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellows, with  Kevin serving in the Engineering Directorate and John in the Geosciences Directorate.

Later Simmons and Einstein Fellow Michael Piccone further developed the BLUECUBE model with Piccione prototyping the first BLUECUBE 1U CubeSat emulators.

With the emergence of the CubeSat (a nanosatellite class of spacecraft) as a dynamic, teaching tool, the opportunity now existed to inspire a new generation of STEM focused Americans.

Pictured: Kevin Simmons, BLUECUBE Aerospace with Buzz Aldrin

History in the making

 

BLUECUBE Aerospace, in partnership with the Aerospace Public Policy Institute and the Wolverine CubeSat Development Team made history.  On Monday, December 3, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. EST history SpaceX launch of the Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express mission to low Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 4E (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The WeissSat-1 was the only NASA approved satelittle built by  middle school students.  

BLUECUBE Aerospace aims to do it again with the launch of the CapSat-1 in 2021.

 

Spaceflight SSO-A: SmallSat Express Carrying the WeissSat-1

Get Involved

If you are a middle or high school teacher in a STEM discipline (science, technology, engineering and math), or teach in an interdisciplinary environment, we are interested in working with you! 

If you are a parent wanting to learn about the opportunities for your child to work with the BLUECUBE Aerospace team, we would love to hear from you too!

Fill out our form to contact us today.

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