The Kids in Micro-g! Challenge national winner and runner-up have been announced, along with the NASA center regional winners. Judges chose the selected experiments from over 130 experiment proposals received from fifth- through eighth-grade educators across the U.S. The final selection was made after reviews were conducted by three independent review panels. NASA astronaut Dan Tani, a flight engineer on the International Space Station Expedition 16 crew, provided invaluable advice on what could be completed by the current station crew. This was by no means an easy selection, given the quality of the proposals received by the NASA ISS National Lab Education Projects Office.
The Kids in Micro-g! Challenge is a student experiment design challenge geared toward grades 5-8. Its purpose is to give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the space station. The apparatus for the demonstrations will be constructed using materials from a tool kit provided to the astronauts aboard the space station. The tool kit consists of materials commonly found in the classroom and used for science demonstrations. The demonstrations will be recorded aboard the space station in HD video, and copies will be sent to the winners.
For a complete list of the winners and more information about the Kids in Micro-g! Challenge, go to http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/science/nlab/experimentchallenge.html