NSBE Jr. Resource Center


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Dropping In a Microgravity Environment
DIME & WING are components of a NASA competition allowing teams to design and build a science experiment that will then be performed in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. This competition is a project-oriented activity that lasts one school year for the selected teams. A DIME team will be comprised of high-school-aged students, while a WING team will be made up of students in grades 5-8. Teams may be formed from groups such as a science class, a combination of classes, a science club, a Scout troop or simply a bunch of friends. Each team, whether DIME or WING, must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher, parent or technical consultant.
Contact: nancy.r.hall@nasa.gov 
Phone: 216-433-5643   
Grade Level: 5th-12th
Availability: Nationally

FIRST Robotics
FIRST, is a nonprofit organization that brings together an alliance of business, education and government organizations through innovative programs to inspire today's youth in the areas of science, engineering and technology. Many major American corporations, government organizations and universities play an important role in this national engineering competition, joining student teams as they build their robots. The professional participants provide insider know-how on how to brainstorm ideas, design devices and put them to the test. Robots, created by each team, compete with other robots in two-minute contests. Regional competitions are held at various sites across the United States. Participating teams may go on to a national championship that caps each year's robot-building race.
Contact: drew.r.price@nasa.gov
Phone: 650-604-1924
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Availability: Nationally

INSPIRE
The Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience, or INSPIRE, is a multitier year-round project designed for students in ninth to 12th grade who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, education and careers.
Contact: steven.h.chance@nasa.gov
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Availability: Nationally

Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Aerospace Academy
The NASA Science Engineering Mathematics and Aerospace Academy, or SEMAA, is a national, innovative project designed to increase participation and retention of historically underrepresented K-12 youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.
Contact: GRC-SEMAA@mail.nasa.gov       
Phone: 216-433-6656
Grade Level: K-12th
Availability: CA, FL, GA, IN, MD, MI, NM, NY, NC, OH, SD, TN, TX, VA and WV

Zero Robotics
"Zero Robotics" is a robotics programming competition where the robots are SPHERES satellites inside the International Space Station. The competition starts online, where teams compete to solve an annual challenge guided by mentors. Participants can create, edit, share, save, simulate and submit code, all from a web browser. After several phases of virtual competition, finalists are selected to compete in a live championship aboard the ISS. An astronaut will conduct the championship competition in microgravity with a live broadcast!
Contact: zerorobotics@mit.edu
Grade Level: 9th-12th
Availability: Nationally

 

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