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Sandra Nagy
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December 1, 2010
 
RELEASE : 10-066
 
 
Student Teams to Conduct Microgravity Experiments at NASA
 
 
CLEVELAND -- NASA has chosen student teams to test their science experiments in a 2.2-Second Drop Tower at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland in March 2011. While in free fall, the students' experiments will experience microgravity conditions as if they were on the International Space Station.

The selections are part of NASA's two national science competitions "Dropping In a Microgravity Environment," or DIME, is for high school student teams, and "What If No Gravity?" or WING, is for student teams in sixth through ninth grades.

The top four DIME teams will receive an all-expenses-paid trip in March to conduct their experiments, review the results with NASA personnel and tour Glenn's facilities.

The top four DIME team selections are:

Ozaukee High School in Fredonia, Wis.
Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Fla.
St. Ursula Academy in Toledo, Ohio
Troy High School in Troy, Mich.

Four additional DIME teams and 14 WING teams were selected to build their experiments and ship them to Glenn to be drop-tested by NASA. These experiments and the resulting data will be returned to the teams so they can prepare reports about their findings.

The additional DIME team selections are:

Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, Ill.
Goffstown High School in Goffstown, N.H.
Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Fla.
Lone Tree High School in Lone Tree, Iowa

The WING team selections are from the following schools or organizations:

Columbia High School in White Salmon, Wash. - four teams
Dallas Middle School in Dallas, Pa. - two teams
Gate of Heaven School in Dallas, Pa.
NORSTAR, Norfolk Public Schools in Norfolk, Va.
Solomon/Plains Memorial Junior High School in Plains, Pa. - two teams
St. Catherine of Siena School in Norwood, Mass.
The Zealot Research (home-based) in Saratoga, Calif.
Woodbury Elementary School in Shaker Heights, Ohio - two teams

DIME, WING and other educational programs help NASA to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- disciplines critical to space exploration.

NASA's DIME and WING 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 information about NASA's DIME and WING student competitions, visit:

http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/DIME.html


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

http://www.nasa.gov/education


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

http://www.nasa.gov/glenn


 

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