Ann Marie Trotta
NASA's second annual Balloonsat High-Altitude Flight competition is open to student teams in ninth to 12th grades from the
and its territories. Each team of four or more students must submit an experiment proposal to NASA's United States in Glenn Research Center by Feb. 11. Student teams may propose experiments on a wide range of topics, from bacteria studies to weather observations. Cleveland
A panel of NASA engineers and scientists will evaluate the submissions based on mission objectives, technical planning and team organization. The top eight proposals will be announced on March 4.
The top four teams will receive up to $1,000 to develop their flight experiments and travel to
May 18-20. During their visit, they will have an opportunity to tour the center, watch as NASA helium weather balloons carry their experiments to the edge of space, recover the experiments and present their results at Glenn's Balloonsat Symposium. Glenn Research Center
The other four teams also will receive up to $1,000 to develop their flight experiments and will participate via the Internet when NASA scientists and engineers launch and recover their payloads during the week of May 23.
For more Balloonsat information, registration forms and project ideas, visit http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/balloonsat.
This competition and similar educational programs help NASA attract and retain students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. These disciplines are critical to the agency's future programs and missions.
The Balloonsat High-Altitude Flight competition is sponsored by Glenn's Educational Programs Office and is funded by the Teaching From Space (TFS) Office at NASA's
in Johnson Space Center . For information about the TFS education program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/education/tfs. Houston
For information about the
, visit http://www.nasa.gov/glenn. Glenn Research Center
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