Space is the new frontier for educating our young in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) is collaborating with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to offer an educational program to students and young researchers from our Singapore schools to design space experiments to be conducted onboard the International Space Station (ISS)’s Japanese Experiment Module (a.k.a. Kibo).

Try Zero-G Asia is a competition that invites students from Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, Institute of Technical Education and Tertiary Institutions to submit proposals for micro-gravity experiments designed to be performed by JAXA astronaut onboard the Kibo. Selected proposals will have their experiments conducted onboard the Kibo, which will be video recorded and transmitted to JAXA’s ground station, Tsukuba Space Center in Japan.

There are 2 categories for this competition.

Category 1Under 18 years old student
Category 218 up to 27 years old student, young Scientist & Engineer

Category 1 Past Experiments

Category 2 Past Experiment

We expect unique, novel and/or informative ideas that have never been done in ISS/Kibo. Past experiments selected, please visit the link here.

Asian Try Zero-G Registration

Asian Try Zero G Past Experiment

JAXA Astronaut Norishige Kanai performed 8 themes proposed by seven countries: Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and Japan. (Click Title to view video)


TitleExperiments ItemProposal ObjectivesCountry
Gyroscope & Tippe TopGyroscope & Tippe TopTo observe the reaction of the gyroscope when pressing it in one direction, while altering the center of gravity with an additional weight, and to also observe the movement of the Tippe Top.Singapore, Philippines, Vietnam
Aircraft StabilityWooden AircraftTo test the effect of ‘teardrop’ wings, and the effect of changing the neutral point of the aircraft.Singapore
Spinning RingRing and StickTo rotate a ring around a stick like a hula hoop, and observe how the ring moves under zero-G conditions.Malaysia
Paper BoomerangPaper BoomerangTo observe the trajectories of boomerangs in zero-G.Indonesia, Singapore
Balls inside SlinkyBalls and SlinkyTo observe how three balls move inside the Slinky when applying vibration and centrifugal force to the Slinky.Thailand
Double-Layered Liquid BallBalls, Water and OilTo try to form a double ball using water and oil to check whether the double ball can be formed in zero-G.Philippines
Paper SpringPaperTo observe the movement of a paper spring with weight attached to both ends in zero-G.Japan
Wire TopWireTo observe the movement of a rotating Wire Top, where it is well-known that a rotating pair of pliers in zero-G inverts its attitude upside-down.Japan

JAXA Astronaut Takuya Onishi performed 5 themes proposed by six countries: Singapore, Vietnam/Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, and New Zealand. (Click Title to view video)


TitleExperiments ItemProposal ObjectivesCountry
The Flying Paper PlanePaperThrowing paper planes with some variations of aileron, rudder, in ISS/Kibo to observe how they fly in the absence of gravity.Singapore
Magnus EffectBallThrowing ball with or without spinning in ISS/Kibo to observe how Magnus Effect appears under micro gravity environmentVietnam and Malaysia
Blocks in Jarwooden ball, Alumini ball, polyacetal ball, plastic bag, waterShaking water bag which contains balls made of various materials to observe how they move in the bag.Indonesia
Capillary in Zero GravitySyringe / liquidSucking air and various liquid in a syringe to observe shape of boundary surface between air and the liquid.Thailand
Liquid Density ActionLiquidAttaching two liquid balls made of different materials under micro gravity environment to observe how they are mixed.New Zealand

JAXA Astronaut Kimiya Yui performed 6 themes proposed by six countries: Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Bangladesh, Australia, and Vietnam (Click Title to view video)


TitleExperiments ItemProposal ObjectivesCountry
Spinning a ball on its own axis with one fingerLight box / flat boardObserving the behavior of any solid object (for example, a ruler, book, or laptop) set spinning by the touch of a fingertipMalaysia
Can we make wind in space?Fan a big object & two objects with different weightsObserving the behavior of solid objects fanned with a large piece of paper (background sheet)Thailand
The incredible hoop glider!Paper hoop gliderBehavior observation of various types of hoop gliderPhilippines
Paper ball inside a water ballpaper ball / waterObserving the effect of a microgravity environment on a paper ball inside a water ballBangladesh and Australia**
Zero G paintingPaper / Coffee / Paint BrushObserving the changing shapes created by painting and signing in various directions — with a normal orientation, sideways, and upside downThailand
Sizable substance set on somersaulting stretched slinkyslinkyObserving the behavior of a slinky (with aluminum weight on one side) when released after spinning horizontallyPhilippines (4 similar Ideas) and Malaysia**
JAXA Astronaut Koichi Wakata performed 3 themes proposed by two countries: Malaysia and Australia, and 1 additional theme that consolidated several similar proposals. (Please click here for past experiment video)  
Title Experiments Item Proposal Objectives Country
Capillarity under zero-gravity Straw / paint brush / ink In microgravity, dipstraw or ink brush into liquid and observe how the liquid behaves, if the liquid goes up into a narrow tube because of surface tension Australia
Growing bubbles in a glass of water Straw / ink Put a straw into liquid and breath out into it, then observe how the generated bubbles behave.
Bernoulli’s principle Paper cylinders, Clips Observe if Bernoulli’s Principle is valid in microgravity using a pair of paper cylinders. 1) What will happen if you blow between the two cylinders? 2) try to push the centre of the cylinder which rotates longitudinally. Malaysia
Mass and Weight comparison – Weight & center of mass Clips, rubber band, Paint brush, blocks Make a balance scale out of an ink brush and three rubber bands tied to it and observe how it tilts in microgravity. 1) Try without any weights, with a polymer block and a aluminum block.  2) Try to find the center of mass by adjusting the attachemnt point of the binder clip, extend the rubber band and release the ink brush with weights.

There is no any experiment in 2013

JAXA Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide performed 7 themes proposed by three countries: Malaysia, Australia, and Pakistan. (Please click here for past experiment video)  
Title Experiments Item Proposal Objectives Country
Weight Station and Hooke’s Law in Space Spring bellows / Weight Weight 3 objects’ weight via using spring bellows in microgravity Australia/ Pakistan
Effect of gravity on capillary action Water / paper Observe absorbency time of water in microgravity Pakistan
Verification of Inertia wooden block / Metal Block Using the blocks with the same size and shape but different weight to hit each other microgravity, observe the outcome Pakistan
Liquid Stuck in Straw Straw / Coffee Observe liquid’s movement in microgravity Pakistan
Straw and coloured liquid – Behavior of Water in a Straw Straw / Coffee Malaysia
Juggling in Space 3 Blocks Juggle 3 blocks in microgravity Malaysia
Weight Suspeded from a bar Yo yo / string Observe Yoyo’s swing in microgravity Malaysia

JAXA Astronaut Satoshi Furukawa performed 4 themes.


TitleExperiments ItemProposal Objectives
Director in SpaceCompassObserve how the compass work in microgravity
soap bubbles floating in spaceSoap bubblesObserve soap bubble condition in microgravity
Conservation of weightWeight / PaperObserve the strike between light and heavy objects in microgravity
Yo-yo in spaceYo-YoObserve Yoyo’s movemet in microgravity

Asian Try Zero-G Result

Asian Try Zero-G Asia 2017 selected proposals from Singapore are Nanyang Polytechnic & Naval Base Secondary School’s Aircraft Stability, NUS High School’s Paper Boomerang and NUS High School’s Gyroscope & Tippe Top .

Congratulations to Nanyang Polytechnic’s Ng Wei Hou, Naval Base Secondary School’s Ong Han Yi, Dexter and NUS High School’s Fu Tianyi, Alexander Goo Zong Han, Kim Yongbeom, Paul Seow Jian Hao & Srivathsan Ram!

Please see video below for the selected experiments for Try Zero-G Asia 2017

ATZG 2017 Gyroscope & Tippe Top (Singapore)
ATZG 2017 Aircraft Stability (Singapore)
ATZG 2017 Paper Boomerang (Singapore)

ATZG 2016

Asian Try Zero-G Asia 2016 winning proposal from Singapore is Hillgrove Secondary School’s The Flying Paper Plane.

Congratulations to Hillgrove Secondary School’s Wang Hao Ming, Justin Chua Jun Yee, Caleb Goh Kai Woon and Tan Rui En Ethan!


Click here to view the selected experiments for Try Zero-G Asia 2016