Frequently Asked Questions
  • What is a Spinoff?

    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. https://www.nasa.gov/centers/marshall/news/releases/2015/the-journey-to-mars-bridging-the-technology-gap.html and https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/tdm/main/index.html

    How does Glogster work?

    Glogster allows you to make a multimedia interactive poster to express ideas with ease by combining images, graphics, audio, video and text on one digital canvas.

    What is InWorld?

    InWorld is a virtual world and gaming environment available to the top 20 teams selected for Grades 7-12 participating in the Glog + InWorld Track.

    Why is registration necessary?

    In order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and other laws protecting minors, all student participants are required to register and get the proper level of parental consent needed. OPSPARC uses the PRIVO iD platform for account creation and obtaining verifiable parental/guardian consent, providing all participants a privacy enhanced single sign-on.

    Why do students need parental consent?

    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 from a child 12 or under any personal identifiable information (PII). PII might be necessary to engage in the OPSPARC activities such as creating the Glog and to receive communication and alerts. In addition, there are other student and privacy laws requiring minors under 18 in general to obtain parent/guardian permission when collecting and sharing PII.

    Can a teacher give permission to a student to enter the contest?

    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.

    How and why do adults need to verify their identity?

    Under COPPA it is necessary to obtain “verifiable parental consent” in order to allow a child under 13 or in some cases due to other laws, even a minor (under 18) to engage in activities where they might share their personal information. For kids registering, OPSPARC requires users 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 your status as an adult who can give 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 opsparc@privo.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.

    If I choose credit card for my verification method, will you charge my credit card?

    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. opsparc@privo.com

    Can you work independently or in teams?

    Students are encouraged to work in teams of up to 4 team members, but may also work alone within the Glog Track (grades 3 – 12). For students in Grades 7-12 entering the Glog + InWorld track, they must work in a team (2-4 students).

    How to register as a team?

    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 Glog to submit for NASA review.

    Steps to follow:

    1. The team members should designate one member to be the Team Captain. The Team Captain will login with their username, created during the registration process at Glogster’s NASA contest page and choose a template depending upon the school level of the participating students. If there is a cross-over in grade levels, the Team Captain must choose the highest level.
    2. Glogs can be saved to be worked on at later times. To access the team’s Glog again, the Team Captain should login again with their username and password and they will be taken to their work.
    3. When it comes time to submit the final Glog for submission, make sure to add the following tags:
      • Your username
      • Team member usernames
      • Coach username (Optional)
      • #NASAOPSPARC2018

    NOTE- All team members must be tagged and have parent consent or will be disqualified.

    What are the prizes?

    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 and Public Choice winners will be recognized with an additional certificate if the parent provides the necessary information when they permission their student.

    What are the deadlines?

    Please refer to the project timeline located on the OPSPARC homepage for all deadlines.

    If students are in mixed grades, what template should they use?

    If there is a cross-over in grade levels, the Team Captain must choose the highest grade level representing the team.

    If I entered last year, can I enter again?


    Do I need to register for a new account if I registered last year?

    No, but you will still need to get parent permission for this year’s Challenge. You can use the same username and password by logging in on the NASA OPSPARC website.

    If I already have a Glogster account, do I still need to sign up for OPSPARC?


    How can I batch register my entire class?

    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.

    How do I get the Student Design Packet and Coach Guide?

    Upon registration, Student Design Packets and the Coach Guides are provided. They are also available once you have signed into Glogster and sent in the welcome emails after registration.

    What if a parent cannot give their child permission online?

    Provide the parent the offline permission form located on the Forms & Materials page.

    Does OPSPARC & Glogster have targeted ads?

    No. Glogster operates as a service provider to the NASA OPSPARC and as such has taken measures to have a special login and protected area for students entering OPSPARC and do not have any advertisements.

    My school district wants assurance that the Glogster platform is compliant regarding privacy and security. Can you provide our district assurance?

    Yes. Glogster operates as a service provider to the NASA OPSPARC and as such has taken measures to manage the personal information of the challengers via the PRIVO iD youth registration and permission management system. Glogster has created a protected and advertising free area of their platform to host the OPSPARC. In order to access the templates and upload the Glogs for OPSPARC a user must have registered for OPSPARC via the PRIVO iD platform available at the Challenge website and through the permissions portal at my.privo.com. Each user obtains a PRIVO iD when registering with NASA OPSPARC with verified parents’ consent which allows them to access the Glogster section that accommodates PRIVO iD users with OPSPARC permissioned accounts. PRIVO has signed the Student Data Privacy Pledge and has been reviewed for security and privacy practices by Common Sense Media’s new education privacy and safety review platform. PRIVO is also a FTC approved COPPA Safe Harbor and has certified NASA OPSPARC for COPPA compliance, including the service component that Glogster provides.

    More Questions?

    Email us at OPSPARC@PRIVO.com

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