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Code in the Community

Tuesday, February 05, 2019 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

The Canadian Space Agency is collaborating with the European Space Agency and Kids Code Jeunesse to bring Astro Pi to Canada. Get ready for a unique challenge that could take your code into space!


About the activity

The European Astro Pi Challenge is an annual science and coding competition where students have the opportunity to develop code that could be run on the International Space Station's (ISS's) unique Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis. The 2018/2019 challenge will run throughout David Saint-Jacques' mission.

Two different complexity levels make the Astro Pi Challenge accessible to students with or without coding experience.

Mission Zero

For Mission Zero, student teams write a simple program to display a message on the Astro Pi computer to astronauts on board the Space Station. No special equipment or coding skills are needed, and all entries that follow program rules are guaranteed to be run in space!

Mission Space Lab

For Mission Space Lab, students design and program a scientific experiment to be run on an Astro Pi computer. The best experiments will be deployed on the ISS, and teams will have the opportunity to analyze and report on the results.

Who can participate?
Mission Zero is open to teams of Canadian and European students up to 14 years old. Each team must include between two and four students. Mission Space Lab is open to teams of Canadian and European students up to 19 years old. Each team must include between two and six students and be supervised by a teacher or mentor.

Canadian students are allowed to participate as Canada is a cooperating state of the European Space Agency. 

How to participate

Kids Code Jeunesse organizes workshops in science centres and museums across the country; and provide online resources so that any classroom can take part. You can also visit the AstroPi website to register online.

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