Odysseus is a pan-European scientific contest for your people (between 14 and 18 years old) focused on three themes: solar system, spaceship-global cooperation, and co-evolution of life. The participants will have to create a collaborative team with up to 5 members, under the supervision of a teacher/mentor, to design and demonstrate an innovative project.
The contest will open from 1st of July 2012 to 31st of January 2013, when students can submit their projects. First a national selection, by researchers in the field, will choose a winner in each of the 3 themes. The national winners will compete at the European level, and the finalist in each of the 3 themes will be invited to present their projects and assist in the awards ceremony at Space Expo.
The Odysseus project aims to inspire European youth, by motivating and developing students’ knowledge in science, technology and collaboration through their active participation in a research project. It also informs and encourages students to follow careers in science.
For science teachers, ODYSSEUS provides the opportunity to increase student interest and to interact with researchers. ODYSSEUS is designed to allow teachers and students to become involved easily by providing them sample lessons and material explaining the project and on the website. It will also allow the teachers to develop innovative teaching techniques.
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