NASA announces two opportunities for students to design and build an experiment to be conducted in a NASA research drop tower. The Dropping In a Microgravity Environment, or DIME, competition is for students in grades 9-12. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to participate in the “What If No Gravity?”, or WING, competition.
Four teams in the high school DIME competition will be invited to visit NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and operate their experiments in the drop tower. Four additional teams will send their experiments to Glenn for the drop tower staff to operate them.
The winning WING teams will have their experiments operated in the same drop tower by the NASA drop tower staff.
Proposals for both competitions are due on Nov. 1, 2011. Competition selections will be on Dec. 1, 2011, and drop tower operations will be conducted in March 2012.
The DIME & WING competitions are funded by NASA’s Teaching From Space project.
For more information about this opportunity, visit http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/DIME.html
If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail your inquiries to the DIME team at firstname.lastname@example.org.