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July 20, 2018

Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE): This NASA Education activity is no longer available. NASA is restructuring its education-related activities in order to streamline and maximize the services it can offer within allocated fiscal resources. As a result, many activities are being restructured or eliminated as they complete their natural period of performance. NASA remains committed to providing meaningful STEM resources for educators and learners. A wide variety of NASA educational materials, activities, video clips and other related information is available on line. Please visit the NASA Education homepage at for more information or explore the following webpages.

Current Opportunities Pages

We also suggest that you visit the NASA Current Opportunities pages. These areas feature announcements about NASA activities, events and opportunities available to educators and students. New items are posted each week on Friday.

Current Opportunities for Educators
Current Opportunities for Students

Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE) invites teams of educators and high school students to solve technical problems by designing, building, and testing devices in NASA's unique facilities. MgUE is an authentic learning experience requiring application of scientific and engineering practices that creates exposure to STEM career pathways.

The following schools have been selected to participate in the Microgravity University for Educators Precision Air Bearing Floor challenge.

Congratulations 2018 MgUE Teams!

  • Cabo Rojo and Mayagüez School Districts, Puerto Rico
  • Council Rock High School South, Southhampton, Pennsylvania
  • Deer Creek High School, Deer Park, Texas
  • Dickinson High School, Dickinson, Texas
  • Luis Negrón López High School, Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
  • Mankato East High School, Mankato, Minnesota
  • MESA High School, Mesa, Arizona
  • Monserrate Leon de Irizarry High School, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico
  • Wakulla Middle School, Crawfordville, Florida
  • Warren Occupational Technical Center, Lakewood, Colorado



Ten teams from across the country will be invited to participate.


Eligibility Requirements

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Information Sessions

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Proposal Guidelines

Proposal Guidelines & FAQ

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Submit my Proposal

NOTICE: Currently, we are not accepting proposals for MgUE. If you are interested in knowing when the next opportunity for MgUE opens, please send us an email at Please include "MgUE" in the subject line.



Check out teams and challenges from the past.


Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE) invites teams of educators and high school students to solve technical problems by designing, building, and testing devices in NASA's unique facilities. Teams will share their experience through outreach programs in their communities. The process begins with the submission of a proposal from a team including a commitment from the supporting institution.

Challenges's involve student-derived solutions to technical problems, or improvements to existing solutions, identified by NASA scientists and engineers who use simulated microgravity environments in their work. Examples include designing a docking device, designing a grapple structure, and/or designing a satellite deployment.

Selected teams will design and build their device prior to testing it at a NASA field center. To help with the challenge, teams will be paired with a NASA mentor who will help them integrate student-derived solutions with the selected test facility.

Educators will have the opportunity for professional development during the online and onsite portions of the activity. Professional development hours may include online meetings, webinars, field center tours, interactions with subject matter experts, and learning experiences unique to NASA.

MgUE Sharable Promotion Flyer (PDF)

Key Dates and Times

  Date(s) Time Time Zone
Proposal Opens 11/01/2017 2:00pm Central Time
NSTA Regional Conference – Milwaukee 11/9-11/2017 TBD Central Time
Information Session 11/09/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm Central Time
Information Session 11/14/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm Central Time
NCTM INNOV8 Conference 11/15-17/2017 TBD Central Time
Information Session 11/30/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm Central Time
NSTA Regional Conference - New Orleans 11/30-12/2, 2017 TBA Central Time
Information Session 12/05/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm Central Time
Proposal Submission Ends 12/13/2017 2:00pm Central Time
Team Announcements 01/05/2018 2:00pm Central Time
Online Meetings (Pre-Onsite) 01/08/2018 - 03/01/2018 TBA Central Time
Onsite Testing Week 1 03/19/2018 - 03/23/2018 8:00am - 5:00pm, Daily Central Time
Onsite Testing Week 2 03/26/2018 - 03/30/2018 8:00am - 5:00pm, Daily Central Time
Online Meetings (Post-Onsite) 04/02/2018 - 05/04/2018 TBA Central Time


MgUE Eligibility


  • Educators on a visiting team must be US citizens and currently active in an educational position.
  • Students on a visiting team must be US citizens and high school age (14-17 years old) at the time of the onsite visit.
  • Participate in the full scope of the program. The dates of the program are from mid-January to mid-May.

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A MgUE team and NASA mentor on the PABF.

Information Sessions

Attend a one-hour online presentation to learn more about the proposal requirements.

To connect to our online session click on this link: Join the Blackboard Collaborate session.

Download the free Blackboard Collaborate Mobile App from your App store to attend via smartphone or tablet, or connect in a browser on your computer.

Date(s) Time
11/09/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm, Central Time
11/14/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm, Central Time
11/30/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm, Central Time
12/05/2017 6:30 - 7:30pm, Central Time


Visit the NASA MgUE booth at the following conferences for more information:

  • National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference – Milwaukee, WI; November 9-11, 2017
  • Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching – Houston, TX; November 9-11, 2017
  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics INNOV8 Conference – Las Vegas, NV; November 15-17, 2017
  • National Science Teachers Association Regional Conference – New Orleans, LA; November 29, 2017 – December 2, 2017

Proposal Guidelines and FAQ's

A primary function of operating in space is the deployment and retrieval of payloads. NASA uses a deployment system to eject payloads such as cube satellites from the International Space Station. In recent years, a deployment system failed to release satellites when commanded, and inadvertently or prematurely released satellites. Work to improve the mechanics and powering of the system has been a focus for NASA and its partners. Microgravity University for Educators (MgUE) invites educators and high school students to be a part of the team to improve the solution.

We are challenging teams to design and build a Satellite Launching Experimental Device (SLED) coded to autonomously deploy a mock satellite into a moving, targeted zone that mimics a Mars orbital insertion. Teams should represent a school, school district, informal educational organization, or any combination of the above. Teams should have a minimum of two educators and at least 60 highly involved high school students in grades 9 through 12. Each team will be able to send only two educators and four high school students to Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to test the SLED in a simulated microgravity and reduced friction environment called the Precision Air Bearing Floor (PABF). Interested teams will prepare a proposal package to be reviewed and scored by NASA.

Proposal Deadline: 2:00pm, Central Time, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Need More Information?

Please direct all questions to . Please include 'MgUE' in the subject line.

Information sessions will be held to answer questions LIVE about the challenge, proposal process, and technical questions. Sessions will be held online. Please scroll up to review times and connection information.



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Participants get an opportunity at a variety of NASA unique experiences.


MgUE 2017 Slideshow

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Katie Livingood
Micro-g NExT Coordinator
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Trinesha Dixon
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NASA SUITS Activity Manager
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Crystal Del Rosso
Education Coordinator
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