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Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments


SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

By the selected deadline (Feb. 1, March 1, and April 1), please e-mail the following to celere@lists.nasa.gov:
PARTICIPANT AND EXPERIMENT INFORMATION
DRAWING FILE as described in the CELERE Design Instructions and Tutorial

Deadlines

The CELERE 2014 experiments will be conducted in three sets, where the submission deadlines are Feb. 1, March 1, and April 1.  It is expected that the testing will be conducted within 1 month of the submission deadline, i.e., where test results should be available by March 1, April 1, and May 1.

Selection

It is expected that up to ~30 experiments each will be selected for fabrication and testing in February, March, and April.  Therefore, up to ~100 experiments total may be selected in 2014.  It is advantageous to submit early, e.g., by Feb. 1.  For example, it is possible that students will be requested to resubmit their drawing for consideration in a subsequent month if their initial entry didn’t meet the requirements found in the Design Instructions and Tutorial.

There is no formal rubric for CELERE 2014.  This year’s selection will be based on:
(1) eligibility,
(2) difference from the experiments posted at http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/Videos/,
(3) good application of the scientific method,
(4) proper preparation of the drawing file, and the
(5) geographic diversity of the participants.

CELERE is open to is open to both (1) individuals and teams in grades 9-12 and (2) multi-grade teams – as might be found in informal youth groups such as Scouting – where all students must be in grades 5-12 and at least one member of each team must be in grades 9-12.  Teams may be of any size and can include, for example, an entire class or science club.  The program is limited to students from the United States, but is open to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  Youth are free to get help from adult advisor(s) and mentor(s), for example in creating their CAD drawing.

The Design Instructions and Tutorial provides a checklist of requirements and supporting information addressing both the scientific method and Computer-Aided Design (CAD) drawing.  Proposals following those guidelines should pass the third and fourth selection criteria.

Despite the fifth point, please know that multiple entries may be submitted from the same organization and even the same adult advisor (e.g., teacher).  For example, a class, club, troop, etc. can be divided into small teams where each team prepares their own entry.  However, no more than ten entries (total, not per month) should be submitted from a single organization for this opportunity.  And each student should be a participant of no more than one 2014 CELERE submission (total, not per month).  And although an organization may submit multiple experiment proposals, note that the individual files are expected for each proposal.  In particular, please do not include more than one test cell in a single drawing file.

Be advised that the number of student participants (i.e., team members) will not be a determining factor in selection.  Therefore, team and individual proposals will be evaluated together.

Questions 

As a start, please review the CELERE web site: http://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/CELERE/.  For more information, contact Dennis Stocker (NASA Glenn) at 216-433-2166 or preferably by e-mail the CELERE staff at celere@lists.nasa.gov.


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SPACE STATION SCIENCE

In the 2011 photograph at the left, NASA astronaut Catherine (Cady) Coleman, performs the Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) in the U.S. laboratory of the International Space Station (ISS).
 
Other ISS astronauts who have conducted the CFE experiment include Joe Acaba, Clay Anderson, Dan Burbank, Chris Cassidy, Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Mike Fincke, Kevin Ford, Mike Fossum, Mike Hopkins, Scott Kelly, Mike Lopez-Alegria, Bill McArthur, Tom Marshburn, Karen Nyberg, Don Pettit, Shannon Walker, Peggy Whitson, Jeff Williams, and Sunita Williams.  You can learn about these and other astronauts at www.nasa.gov/astronauts/.

CFE’s lead researcher is Prof. Mark Weislogel of Portland State University (PSU).  If selected, your CELERE experiment will be conducted by Prof. Weislogel’s research team in PSU’s Dryden Drop Tower (www.ddt.pdx.edu) which provides 2.1 seconds of apparent near weightlessness, i.e., microgravity.


 

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