|Volume: 02, Issue: 14||09/08/2004|
NASA Offers Science Competitions for StudentsThis fall, NASA is offering several competitions for students nationwide. Check out the contests below and help your students experience space in a whole new light.
NASA’s Hyper-G Contest
Each student team begins the contest process with a letter of intent stating their idea for a scientific experiment. In the fall, the young explorers will provide a proposal describing the details of the team's research. NASA engineers and scientists will be available to advise students throughout the proposal development process and to provide feedback to teams after proposals are submitted.
The selected team and adult advisor will visit ARC to conduct their experiment and tour facilities. During their visit, students will have a unique opportunity to experience the real world application of science and engineering. Teachers will have the opportunity to guide their students through the scientific process, while learning about current hands-on methods in biology, physics and mathematics as they relate to NASA's Exploration Biology research.
For more information, call 650-604-1387 or visit http://lifesci.arc.nasa.gov .
NASA's Dropping in a Microgravity Environment Competition
Early in the school year, teams interested in competing will develop an experiment concept, prepare a proposal for an experiment, and submit the proposal to NASA. A NASA panel will evaluate all submitted proposals and select the four top-ranked proposals. These four teams will then continue their experiment development and fabrication leading to operation in the NASA drop tower in April. NASA will provide an expense-paid trip for five representatives of each selected team to attend DIME Drop Days in April at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
During DIME Drop Days, the team representatives will conduct their experiment in the NASA 2.2 Second Drop Tower, analyze their data, tour NASA facilities, and participate in workshops. The DIME program is open for high-school-aged student teams located in all 50 states, as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. Consult the following website for complete rules and more information: http://microgravity.grc.nasa.gov/DIME.html .
AVSTO’s Revolutionary Vehicles Competition
Entries will be accepted in vehicle concepts, vehicle systems, or systems needed to support the vehicles on the ground or in the air. Students can propose futuristic vehicles of various types, shapes, configurations, propulsion, and fuel sources. Students are also encouraged to propose various types of systems—on the ground, in the air, or in the vehicle—that would make air travel safer, more affordable, and easier to accomplish. To learn more about this competition, access www.nasa.gov or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marshall Space Flight Center's Student Launch Initiative
At the high school level, several schools compete to construct the vehicle, which is designed to reach an altitude of one-mile above ground level (AGL). In addition to actual vehicle performance, schools are also evaluated on design and other criteria. Two local universities completed the first year of the program with one institution constructing a vehicle that reached two miles and the other providing the payload.
For more information, contact Beth Ingrum at email@example.com or visit http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/docs/127.htm .
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