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Default NASA Invites Students to Drop Everything

Sept. 24, 2009

Stephanie Schierholz
Headquarters, Washington

Jeannette Owens
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland

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CLEVELAND -- NASA is inviting student teams to experience
science by designing and building experiments to be conducted in a
NASA drop tower. Dropping In a Microgravity Environment, or DIME, is
a competition for high school students. Students in grades 6-9 can
compete in What If No Gravity?, or WING.

Both competitions are open to teams from any state, the District of
Columbia and Puerto Rico. Teams may be formed from a science class or
club, group of classes, scout troop or similar organization. Each
team must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher, parent or
technical consultant.

To enter the competitions, teams must develop a concept for a
microgravity experiment, and prepare and submit a proposal to NASA's
Glenn Research Center in Cleveland by Monday, Nov. 2. A panel of
engineers and scientists at Glenn will evaluate and select the
top-ranked proposals for both DIME and WING by Dec. 10. For
information about entering NASA's DIME and WING student competitions,


The top four DIME teams will be invited to Cleveland in April 2010 to
conduct their experiments in Glenn's 2.2-Second Drop Tower and review
the results with NASA personnel. They also will tour Glenn facilities
and participate in other activities. All DIME participants visiting
NASA must be U.S. citizens.

Several additional DIME teams and up to 50 WING teams will be invited
to ship their experiments to Glenn to be drop-tested by NASA staff.
These experiments and the resulting data will be returned to the
teams so they can prepare reports about their findings.

These and similar education programs help NASA attract and retain
students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics --
disciplines critical to the agency's future missions.

NASA's student drop experiment competitions are sponsored by the
Teaching From Space Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The office manages education opportunities that use the unique
environment of human spaceflight.

For more information about NASA's education programs, visit:


For information about NASA's Glenn Research Center, visit:




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