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For Release: November 2, 2001

Barbara L. Kakiris, InDyne, Inc.
Media Relations Office

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office

Wanted: Future Aerospace Engineers

Are you up to the challenge? NASA's Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, is asking high school students in the six-state area of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin this question. Glenn wants students to create science experiments like the ones its aerospace engineers test in the Center's world-class drop towers.

Glenn's Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) program is accepting proposals from high school-aged student teams for this year's competition. The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, November 20. A panel of Glenn microgravity experts will judge proposals and invite up to six teams to Glenn in April. At that point, teams will operate their experiments in Glenn's 2.2-Second Drop Tower and work with the other teams during DIME Drop Days.

DIME is a regional educational program that consists of investigations and design challenges. It is project-oriented and lasts one school year. DIME links students directly to NASA's diverse and exciting missions of research, exploration and discovery. By participating in this competition, students develop a hypothesis that can be tested through experimentation and prepare a scientific research proposal. Teams should be comprised of high school-aged students (i.e. a science class, group of classes, science club, or scout troop) and must have teacher and/or adult supervision.

Interested parties can receive more information by sending an e-mail to "" (no quotes). Please type "DIME INFO REQUEST" in the subject line and include your postal address in the body of the e-mail.

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