The Human Space Technology Initiative is carrying out scientific activities aimed at contributing to promoting space education and research under microgravity conditions around the world, particularly for enhancing capacity-building efforts in developing countries.
The Zero-Gravity Instrument Project is aimed at providing teachers and students with the opportunity to perform experiments under simulated microgravity conditions. This will inspire students to become interested in what life is like in space by demonstrating the influence of a unique environmental stimulus - gravity - which is used by organisms for their spatial orientation and growth direction. Although experiments in real microgravity in space are rare and expensive, similar experiments can be conducted on the ground.
The teacher's guide provides straightforward instructions for teachers and students to perform experiments on plant growth using the clinostat, an experimental device which can create simulated microgravity conditions in a school laboratory. Teachers should also try to let students develop their own ideas on how to use this device to test other systems and to measure parameters of interest.
Download: " Teacher's Guide to Plant Experiments in Microgravity" (ST/SPACE/63)
Applicants are required to
b) Requirements in Experimentation:
Selected applicants who receive the instrument are expected to conduct experiments with at least five (5) plant seeds (indigenous to the region of the applicant) per year.
c) Annual Report Submission:
Selected applicants who receive the instrument are expected to submit annual activity reports for a period of two (2) years after receiving the instruments. It is also expected that research centers and institutes will share the results of their activities with the world by publishing in journals and by participating in relevant conferences. Furthermore, all successful applicants are expected to return a questionnaire on request by UNOOSA.
(The application documents for the 2014 round of the project will be available from November/December 2013.)
The fully completed application form, properly endorsed by the applicant's institution, should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org both in PDF format (.pdf) containing the signature page, and in MS WORD (.doc), no later than 31 May 2013.
The applicant should also mail the fully completed original application form to the following address:
Office for Outer Space Affairs, United Nations Office at Vienna, Vienna International Centre, P.O. BOX 500, A-1400 Vienna, AUSTRIA
For any questions about the project, please contact email@example.com
This page was last updated on 9 September 2013.