NASA Microgravity Experiments

Monday - 9/27/2010, 1:20pm EDT

NASA will host two national science competitions that challenge students - six through 12 - to develop and prepare a microgravity experiment.

Both competitions are open to teams across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, and they can be formed from any type of organization or club, such as a science class, a group of friends, or youth group, and each team must have an adult advisor.

A panel of NASA scientists and engineers will evaluate and select the best proposals by December first. The winning teams will design and build experiments that will be conducted in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. When an experiment is "dropped" into the 79-foot tower, it experiences weightlessness for 2.2 seconds.

The top four teams get an all-expenses-paid trip to conduct their experiments with NASA personnel.