ARLINGTON, Va. (Zero-G PR) — How do you get (and keep) your students’ attention during a lesson? By testing the limits of gravity with a ride in the nation’s only weightless laboratory! Zero Gravity Corporation (ZERO-G) has announced plans for Mission: Microgravity, a nationwide competition for students and teachers of grades 8-12, that will award one educator with an out-of-this-world flight experience and a little extra classroom clout.
ZERO-G is asking science classes in grades 8-12 to create a video showcasing a handheld, creative and thought-provoking experiment that can be conducted under microgravity conditions. One lucky teacher will get to board the company’s specialized aircraft, G-FORCE ONE®, as they test their experiment over the course of 15 parabolas
“We wanted to give teachers and students the chance to discover and explore together,” said Terese Brewster, CEO of ZERO-G. “We are excited to share our resources with curious classrooms and we can’t wait to see the amazing research these groups will conduct.”
Once the experiment is created, teachers must post a video submission on their preferred social media platform. The video must include:
- Details of the experiment and research methods
- Information on what the group hopes to learn from flying with ZERO-G
- An explanation on why the experiment and teacher should experience microgravity
Videos will be accepted starting May 1, 2019 until May 7, 2019. Entries can be posted once a day on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or YouTube and must include the hashtag #MissionMicrogravity to count as an entry. The winning teacher will be selected on May 8, 2019.
The competition comes as the company continues to promote STEM research by students of all ages. G-FORCE ONE®, ZERO-G’s specially modified Boeing 727, provides a unique platform for student groups, universities, commercial companies and more to test research and equipment bound for the International Space Station and beyond. By using a parabolic flight pattern to produce up to 30-second periods of microgravity, including Martian and Lunar gravities, ZERO-G gives researchers the opportunity to conduct hands-on testing and collect data in-person.
For more information about the Mission: Microgravity contest and additional ZERO-G flights, please see below and visit www.gozerog.com.
Contest Terms and Conditions
The contest winner (teacher) will be selected on May 8th, 2019 via direct message and has until May 13th, 2019 to respond and claim their prize. Zero Gravity Corporation will provide one flight to the contest winner to fly with a handheld experiment. Please refrain from using glass or large quantities of liquid in the experiment. The experiment must be handheld and weigh no more than 10 lbs. No animals or insects may be used. ZERO-G reserves the right to reject experiments that are unsafe or hazardous. Contest winner must select a ZERO-G flight in 2019 and must agree to ZERO-G’s terms and conditions (cancellation policy). Travel arrangements and accommodations are not included.
Zero Gravity Corporation is a privately held space entertainment and tourism company whose mission is to make the excitement and adventure of space accessible to the public. ZERO-G is the first and only FAA-approved provider of weightless flight in the U.S. for the general public; entertainment and film industries; corporate and incentive markets; non-profit research and education sectors; and the government. ZERO-G’s attention to detail, excellent service and quality of experience combined with its exciting history has set the foundation for the most exhilarating adventure-based tourism. For more information about ZERO-G, please visit www.gozerog.com.