NASA Education Invites Students to Drop Everything!

NASA’s Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) and What If No Gravity? (WING) allow students in high school and in middle school to design and build an experiment that will be operated in a NASA research drop tower. This will put the students’ experiment in microgravity, just as if it were in space.

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 drop tower. Four additional teams will send their experiment to Glenn for the drop tower staff to operate it.

Teams of students in grades 5-8 in the WING program will propose for the opportunity to build an experiment to be operated in the same drop tower by NASA drop tower staff.

All DIME and WING teams will analyze their data from the experiment operations and write a final report. The students’ process of experiment development through to a final report mimics the process used by NASA and other researchers.

Proposal postmark deadline date is Nov. 1, 2011. Selected teams will be announced in early-December and drop tower operations will be conducted in March 2012.

The DIME & WING competitions are funded by NASA’s Teaching From Space program.

For more information about both DIME & WING, please visit

If you have questions about this opportunity, please e-mail your inquiries to the DIME & WING team at

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