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
InWorld is a closed virtual world available to the top 20 teams selected for Mission 3.
In order to comply with the United States Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), the
Students are encouraged to work in teams, but can work individually for Mission 1 and Mission 2. For students in Grades 7-12 entering Mission 3, they must work in a team (2-4 students).
It is mandatory for each group member to register individually and receive the proper level of parental consent. There are no exceptions.
Steps to follow:
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.
The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) requires that operators of websites, apps
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 kids.
For kids registering on their own, OPSPARC requires them to provide a parent/guardian’s email address in order to notify the parent that his/her child has registered with a request to provide consent and verify their status as an adult giving the proper level of permission.
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 your identity. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Provide the parent the offline permission form 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. email@example.com
Yes, but only if the teacher and/or school has already received consent from the student’s parent. 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.
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Yes and must receive the parent consent.
Mission 2 and Mission 3 winning teams or individual students are invited to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two days of in-depth, behind the scenes, hands-on workshops with scientists and astronauts.
All students who participate in OPSPARC will receive a NASA Certificate of Participation from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center if the parent provides the necessary information when they permission their student.
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.
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.
Email us at OPSPARC@PRIVO.com