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Dropping In a Microgravity Environment
September 26, 2011

[Educators & Students Grades 5-12]
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DIME & WING are components of a NASA competition allowing teams to design and build a science experiment that will then be performed in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. This competition is a project-oriented activity that lasts one school year for the selected teams. A DIME team will be comprised of high-school-aged students, while a WING team will be made up of students in grades 5-8. Teams may be formed from groups such as a science class, a combination of classes, a science club, a Scout troop or simply a bunch of friends. Each team, whether DIME or WING, must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher, parent or technical consultant.

Early in the school year, teams interested in competing will develop an experiment concept, write a proposal for an experiment, and submit the proposal to NASA. Students should create the ideas and concepts for the experiments. The proposals also should be the work of the student team members.

A NASA panel of engineers and scientists will evaluate all of the submitted proposals and select the top-ranked proposals for DIME and for WING. Four teams in the high school DIME competition will be invited to visit NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and operate their experiment in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower. Several additional high school teams will send their experiment to Glenn for the NASA staff to operate it. Students in grades 5-8 will compete on WING teams for the opportunity to build an experiment to be operated by NASA staff in the same drop tower.

NASA Contact
Nancy R. Hall
DIME Project Manager
NASA Glenn Research Center
MS 77-7
21000 Brookpark Road
Cleveland, OH 44135
E-mail: nancy.r.hall@nasa.gov
Phone: 216-433-5643

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