NASA spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used here on Earth—including memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, shoe insoles, water filters/purification, cochlear implants, satellite television, and long-distance telecommunications. Visit the
NIAUniverse is a physics-based modeling and simulation virtual world.
InWorld is a closed virtual world within NIAUniverse available to semifinalists in grades 7-12.
Semifinalists will be paired with a college engineering mentor to further develop their spinoff design, construct virtual models, develop a marketing plan, and build an InWorld OPSPARC presenation.
In order to comply with the United States Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the
Students are HIGHLY encouraged to work in teams (2-4 people), but can work individually.
It is mandatory for each group member to register individually and receive the proper level of parental consent. There are no exceptions.
As a team you will be creating a communal submission in Adobe Spark for Education to submit for NASA to review.
Each team member will be able to sign in and have access to the project. When it comes time to submit the final project for submission, a team representative should be selected to submit the entry.
This representative should click on the "Submit and Share button" on the mission page of which you are entering and fill out the required fields. All team members must be accounted for and have parent/guardian consent or will be disqualified.
Download the class registration form, located on the Forms & Materials page and fill out the required fields. Once complete, you can securely upload the completed form on the same page. Note: This method still requires parent permission.
Students will need to register for this year's Challenge and still get parent permission.
Returning parents will not need to register again. If they follow the permission link sent to them via email, they will be prompted to login. Password reset is available. They will still need to provide permission for their participating children since OPSPARC has been updated since last year.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires that operators of websites, apps and other online services must first obtain a parent’s VERIFIABLE permission before they are allowed to collect any personal identifiable information (PII) from a child 12 or under. The EUs General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has set the age of consent at 16, meaning users 15 years and younger need parent consent where applicable. PII is necessary to engage in certain OPSPARC activities such as creating their submission in Adobe Spark for Education and opting in to receive NASA OPSPARC communications and alerts. In addition, there are other student and privacy laws requiring minors under 18 to obtain parent/guardian permission when collecting and sharing PII.
Under COPPA, the GDPR and numerous student digital privacy laws, NASA OPSPARC must get parents’ verifiable consent before collecting, using or disclosing personal information from their children.
For students registering on their own, OPSPARC requires them to provide a parent/guardian’s email address. This will be used to notify the parent that his/her child has registered, verify their status as an adult and request consent to provide the proper level of permission for his/her child.
Adults can verify their identity via different online and offline methods. Online methods may include an adult providing us with a credit card number, partial social security number, driver’s license number, or employer ID. We utilize third-party sources to verify this information and do not store any of this information or use it for any other purpose but for verifying the adult's identity. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information on our verification partners. Offline verification methods may include phoning our customer service number, in person verification, interacting with customer service using voice over internet protocol, filling out and signing a permission form, then faxing, mailing or scanning it in and emailing it back to us.
Offline permission forms can be located on the Forms & Materials page.
You can safely provide adult verification through a free credit card process. Your credit card will be TEMPORARILY CHARGED a nominal $1.00 charge through your individual bank, processed by the credit card gateway and then credited back to your account. The $1.00 charge will be processed immediately, but the credit may not appear on your statement until the NEXT BILLING CYCLE. This is necessary in order to be sure that your credit card is being presented by the legal card holder.
All information is secure and your credit card number will not be retained or used for any other purpose.
NOTE: Some banking institutions will not allow an online $1.00 transaction. If you experience difficulties, please choose another verification method. If that doesn’t work, then contact the customer support team. firstname.lastname@example.org
Yes, but only if the teacher and/or school has already received consent from the student’s parent to enter NASA OPSPARC 2020. In the case where a parent may not have access to get online to register their child and/or give permission, the student can register and provide their teacher’s email address in the parent/guardian email field. The teacher will receive notice about permissioning the student who registered. The teacher will be able to download the PRINT FORM under VERIFICATION METHODS and pass on to the parent to fill out and return through one of the methods offered.
Offline registration and premission forms can also be found on the forms and materials page.
Adobe Spark for Education allows students to make a multimedia interactive web page to express ideas with ease by combining images, graphics, audio, video and text. Students need to first register to NASA OPSPARC 2020 and receive parent/guardian permission before they login to Adobe Spark for Education via NASA OPSPARC's special login page. For more information on Adobe Spark for Education, visit: https://spark.adobe.com/edu/
Yes, all students must receive the parent/guardian permission to enter NASA OPSPARC 2020.
First, make sure you are going to the correct login page. You must use the special login page for NASA OPSPARC. The sign in button can be found on every mission page.
If you are still not able to login, you may need your parent/guardian to still give you permission. Tell them to check their email. The request could be in their SPAM folder.
If you receive an "Access Denied" message, that means your registration was completed properly, but Adobe is still in the process of updating your account.
For technical difficulites, contact support at email@example.com.
All students who submit completed submissions, will receive a digital NASA Certificate of Participation.
In June 2020, the three winning individuals or teams will be invited to a two-day winner’s workshop and awards ceremony with special behind the scenes tours and activities held at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Each winning team (or individual) will receive an award stipend of up to $4,000 to help offset expenses, generously provided by the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach on behalf of our collaborators.
Please refer to the mission pages on this website for all deadlines.
If there is a cross-over in grade levels, the Team Captain must choose the highest grade level category representing the team on their submission form.
Email us at OPSPARC@PRIVO.com