Kids In Micro-gravity (2009-2010) (Kids In Micro-g) - 01.09.14

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Science Objectives for Everyone Kids In Micro-gravity (Kids in Micro-g) provides students in grades 5 - 8 a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

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Experiment Details

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Principal Investigator(s)
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Co-Investigator(s)/Collaborator(s)
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Developer(s)

Johnson Space Center, National Laboratory Office, Houston, TX, United States

Sponsoring Space Agency
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Sponsoring Organization
NASA Education (EDU)

Research Benefits
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ISS Expedition Duration
March 2010 - September 2010

Expeditions Assigned
23/24

Previous ISS Missions

Expedition 23/24 is the first mission for Kids In Micro-g.

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Experiment Description

Research Overview

  • Kids In Micro-gravity! (Kids in Micro-g) is a student experiment design challenge geared toward grades 5 - 8.


  • This investigation will give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the International Space Station(ISS).


  • The apparatus for the demonstration must be constructed using materials from a materials tool kit provided to the astronauts on board the ISS. The tool kit consists of materials commonly found in the classroom and used for science demonstrations.

Description
Kids In Micro-gravity! (Kids in Micro-g) 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 International Space Station (ISS).

The winning experiments will have observably different results when the experiments are performed in the 1-gravity (1-g) environment of the classroom on Earth, compared to when the experiments are performed by astronauts in the microgravity environment (one-millionth of 1-g) environment of the ISS. The apparatus for the demonstration must be constructed using materials from a materials tool kit provided to the astronauts on board the ISS. The tool kit consists of materials commonly found in the classroom and used for science demonstrations. The following are student-designed experiments selected for operation on the ISS:

  • National Winner

  • Water Absorption/Capillary: Determines the water absorption rates of two different materials. 8th grade at Brownwell Middle School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

  • National Runner-up

  • Bottle Blowing in Space: Determines if blowing across the tops of bottles filled with different amounts of water will create the same tones in space as on Earth. 5th grade at Vaughan Elementary, Powder Springs, GA

  • ARC Regional Winner

  • Speed: Determines if the radius (of the circle of revolution) affects the speed at which an outer object travels around a central object, and whether microgravity will change the results in this experiment. 7th grade at Hamlin School, San Francisco, CA

  • GRC Regional Winner

  • Water and Hot Sauce: Determines if adding water to hot sauce in a microgravity environment will affect its surface tension. 8th grade at Brownell Middle School, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI

  • GSFC Regional Winner-A

  • Newton?s Space Office: Tests Newton?s Laws of Motion using a bag of paper clips. 5th grade at East Hartford-Glastonbury Elementary Magnet School, East Hartford, CT

  • GSFC Regional Winner-B

  • Motion of Projectiles: Investigates the effects gravity has on the motion of slingshot projectiles. Speed, distance traveled and path of projectile will specifically be studied. 6th grade at Carl Sandburg Middle School, Old Bridge, NJ

  • KSC Regional Winner

  • Low Gravity Artist: Studies human adaptability focusing on the role that gravity plays in a human?s ability to draw a picture. 8th grade at Windy Ridge Elementary School, Orlando, FL

  • LaRC Regional Winner

  • Liquids in Microgravity: Determines if liquid will move from its original position inside a bottle while in microgravity. 8th grade at Virginia Academy, Ashburn, VA

  • MSFC Regional Winner

  • Water Absorption: Tests the water absorption capabilities of various materials in a microgravity environment. 5th grade at Vaughan Elementary, Powder Springs, GA

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Applications

Space Applications
Kids in Micro-g is designed to encourage students to pursue studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Earth Applications
Kids In Micro-g is part of NASA's continuing effort to use space as a unique educational tool for students. Science is given a new twist by combining the allure of space flight and the unusual weightless environment to produce educational materials that inspire interest in science and technology and encourage curiosity and creativity.

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Operations

Operational Requirements
The experiment demonstration must take no more than 30 minutes to set up, run and take down. The experiments will be recorded onboard in HD video and the winners supplied with copies of their video before the end of their school year.

Operational Protocols
The operational protocols will be determined once the entry is selected for operation onboard the ISS.

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Results/More Information

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Related Websites

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Imagery

image NASA Image: ISS024E014999 - NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Expedition 24 flight engineer, conducts a demonstration for the "Kids in Space" session for Water Absorption Flight Procedures #40 in the Columbus laboratory of the International Space Station.
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