Nasa’s Glenn Research Center hosts two annual microgravity STEM programs. Dropping in a Microgravity Environment, or Dime, drops high school microgravity experiments in the space agency’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. What If No Gravity, or Wing, does the same for middle school experiments.
At the beginning of the school year student teams develop a microgravity research proposal and submit it to Nasa. Scientists and engineers select the best proposals to take part in Dime and Wing. Over the course of the school year the selected teams develop and build their experiment. Four Dime teams are awarded Tier One travel stipends to let the teacher and four students travel attend the Dime Drop Days in March. Another Four Dime teams receive a travel stipend to let a teacher attend. Wing teams send their experiments to the Glenn Research Center. In all cases, staff at Glenn drop the experiments in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower and distribute videos of the results to the participating schools.
Schools in the fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico may apply for the events. Schools in the American territories of American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands can take part but aren’t eligible for the travel stipends. Students or teachers who aren’t US citizens may take part in the project but can’t attend the Dime Drop Days at Glenn.