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ISS Research Design Challenge

This design challenge is about space station research and enables student participation in ground-based microgravity experiments.The challenge is relatively new and as a result, the odds of selection are quite high!

In both 2014 and 2015, 100% of the entries received were selected for full participation, where the student experiments were built and tested in the Dryden Drop Tower at the Portland State University (in Oregon).

The 2016 plan is to select up to ~100 experiments where selection of at least one qualifying entry from each U.S. state and territory is guaranteed. In contrast, only 19 entries were received from 6 different states in 2015. Furthermore, selection of at least one qualifying entry each is also guaranteed for (1) DODEA schools worldwide for the children of U.S. military personnel, and (2) Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools.

But you can’t be selected if you don’t submit an entry! And it’s not that hard, so learn how to apply by the deadlines of Feb. 1, March 1, and April 1.

Portland State University (PSU) Dryden Drop Tower (DDT)