NASA DIME Program for High School Students


Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) is a NASA competition for high-school-aged teams to create a microgravity (a.k.a. weightless) science experiment or engineering test in an end-to-end program. The student teams develop the concept, design the equipment, construct the apparatus, and analyze the resulting data. Top-ranked teams in the competition win a trip to NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio to operate their experiment in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower.

This is not just a cookie-cutter experiment where students follow instructions to build an experiment. It’s their concept, their design, their construction, and their data analysis.

Further information is available on-line and available to educators, students, parents, and technical advisors.

The DIME Program Announcement contains the information necessary to prepare a DIME competition entry by November 1. Selection of winning teams will be announced in early December with operation of the experiments in the drop tower in late March 2011. A separate but related competition called WING is available for teams in grades 6-9.

Questions should be addressed by e-mail to:
or by postal mail to:
DIME, M/S 77-7
NASA Glenn Research Center
21000 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135


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