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What If NGravity
(Grades 9-12)
NASA Drop Tower Competition
for Student Teams in Grades 5-8

WING NEWS: Please go to CELERE website to learn about a new capillary action drop tower competition

What is WING

• The WING program takes NASA’s popular Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) program designed for High School students and opens it up to students in grades 5-8.

• A NASA panel of scientists and engineers will select top-ranked proposals from those submitted for the WING program.

• The selected teams will then construct their experiments, test them at the home location, and then send the experiment to NASA Glenn to drop test the experiments in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower in March and April.

• Data from the drop will be sent to the team for the team’s analysis. After the drop operations are completed, the experiment will be returned to the team. A final report is expected after the results of the drop tower operations are analyzed by the student team.


The DIME and WING program is open for student teams located in all fifty states of the U.S., Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U. S. Virgin Islands.

How to Apply

The WING Program Announcement contains all of the necessary information for submitting entries to the WING competition.

Additional Information

2.2 Second Drop Tower website:

Additional information about the 2.2 Second Drop Tower at the NASA Glenn Research Center is available.

DIME and WING YouTube channel:

A YouTube channel has been established for DIME and WING. That channel contains more Videos that illustrate the drop tower and a few of the previous experiments constructed by DIME teams.

DIME and WING has a FaceBook presence.