Other Precollege Opportunities
Microgravity Classroom Projects
Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) / What If No Gravity? (WING)
The NASA Glenn DIME and WING programs are geared up for this school year's competitions for student teams to design their own microgravity experiments or tests. There are two components; one for high school aged student teams and one for student teams in grades 6-9. Teams whose proposals are selected in the competition build their own experiment which will be operated in the NASA Glenn 2.2 Second Drop Tower.
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Dropping In a Microgravity Environment or DIME is for high school aged teams with eight available selected positions. The top four teams are invited to visit NASA Glenn in Cleveland, Ohio with travel expenses provided for four students and an adult advisor for two days at NASA. The other four selected teams build their experiment and send it to NASA for the NASA staff to operate it in the drop tower.
What If No Gravity? or WING is for student teams in grades 6-9 where selected teams build their experiment and send it to NASA for the NASA staff to operate it in the drop tower.
In all cases, data is supplied to the teams and the experiment is returned to each team. Each team then prepares a final report based on the experiment operations and data analysis.
More information about the program and instructions to prepare a proposal are contained on the DIME / WING website at:
Some videos from past experiment operations are available on YouTube and SchoolTube.