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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
News Release
Thursday, March 30, 2017

NASA’s Johnson Space Center to Host Microgravity University for Educators

Sixty K-12 educators from across the nation will visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston to test student-derived experiments in a simulated microgravity environment. 

Twelve teams of five educators will participate in the 2017 Microgravity University for Educators the weeks of April 2-7 and 9-14.

The educator teams represent 14 states and one U.S. territory. The states are Arizona, California, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas. The U.S. territory is Puerto Rico.

The educators will test a student-derived Satellite Launching Experimental Device on the Precision Air-Bearing Floor in the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility at Johnson, while videoconferencing with home campuses. The Precision Air-Bearing Floor has a smooth metal surface that allows large objects to be moved as they might in space by way of tiny floor-facing air jets.

Through a competitive process, the teams submitted proposals to perform mock orbital insertion experiments on behalf of K-12 students using Johnson’s unique astronaut training facilities. All experiments involve solutions to technical problems identified by NASA scientists and engineers who use simulated microgravity environments in their work.

Follow all of the activities at #NASAMgUE.

Community members and the public may view events at Ustream. Link LIVE times are 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. April 4, 6, 11 and 13. Follow events at:

View the list of teams and schools that will participate and get more information about Microgravity University at:

Get more information about NASA’s education programs at:

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