23 April 2014

Competition: Wake Up Rosetta!

Rosetta will be one of European Space Agency’s key missions next year, as it will finally approach its target, Comet 67P, in the summer. Rosetta has been in deep space hibernation for the last 2.5 years and it will remain in this state until 20 January 2014 when the hibernation exit sequence will be initiated.

In a competition that opened on the 10th of December, ESA invites you to mark this important milestone in the Rosetta mission by sharing a video clip of you shouting “Wake up, Rosetta!”

To find out about how you can take part in this competition, and the great prices to be won visit the ESA website.

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition as students (aged 8 to 12 years old) are encouraged to “train like an astronaut.”

Mission X is focuses on fitness and nutrition because we know that a healthy body is necessary to be a ‘Fit Explorer!’ The World Health Organization has designated childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century – and diet, physical activity, and health are the best answers to this largely preventable problem. Astronauts know the vital importance of physical training for mission success.

Teams of primary students will learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules. Students will practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.

Train Like an Astronaut mission activities include: Base Station Walkback; Crew Strength Training; Do a Spacewalk; Mission: CONTROL!; Jump for the Moon; Explore and Discover; Agility Astro-Course; Speed of Light; Building an Astronaut Core; Crew Assembly; Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain; Planet you GO, Gravity you Find; Get on Your Space Cycle; and Space Roll and Roll. Educational science modules include: Living Bones, Strong Bones; Hydration Station; Energy of an Astronaut; and Reduced Gravity, Low Fat.

Schools and Teachers interested in participating should send an email to the country point of contact who will give more information on how to register etc. The Mission X official website has all the activities translated in several languages.

Mission X official website

You can also read more about Mission X 2014 on the recent article on ESA’s website.

ESA Article Mission-X_jump_for_the_Moon

The Irish Point of Contact for this project is Ria O’Sullivan at Blackrock Castle Observatory


The ESA’s Cassini Scientist for a Day competition is now open

The 2013 edition of the ‘Cassini Scientist for a Day’ competition is now open to entry from students. The competition is designed to give the participants a taste of life as a scientist.

Students are invited to submit a 500-word essay explaining their choice of one of three targets to be imaged by the Cassini spacecraft in orbit around Saturn.

Be a Cassini Scientist for a day

The team working on the NASA/ESA/ASI Cassini-Huygens mission have set aside valuable observing time for educational purposes and they will use this to take images as part of the ‘Cassini Scientist for a Day’ competition. School students from participating countries must choose one of three targets that Cassini will image and write an essay to justify their choice to a panel of experts.

European competition

Entries are welcome from students in any of the ESA Member State and ESA Cooperating State that are participating in the competition, namely: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

The closing date for the competition in these countries is 23:59 CET, 6 December 2013.

Essays must be submitted to the appropriate national organiser who will select the winners for that country.

See the ESA website for further details

UL launched project for Transition Year Students to Send their Research to Space

UL launched project for Transition Year Students to Send their Research to Space

The Irish Centre for Composites Research (IComp), based at the University of Limerick, through its partnership with NanoRacks LLC, announces an out-of-this-world opportunity for one lucky Irish team of transition year students: the opportunity to design an experiment and fly it on the International Space Station (ISS).

The project entitled ‘The Only Way Is Up’ will be the first of its kind in Irish history; allowing a research project designed by Irish transition year students to spend 30 days orbiting the Earth. The experiment will fly to the ISS on-board a launch vehicle, scheduled for launch in autumn 2014. An example of an experiment that has flown is the study of epoxy hardening in the microgravity environment.

Interested school teachers are invited to visit for more details about the project and how to take part. The first stage of the project requires all interested Transition year school teachers to register online (see events section on and express their interest in being involved in this exciting project. The online registration page will remain open until the 4th October.


2014 European CanSat Competition

Interested in participating in a real space project? Register your team today!

CanSat Launch 2013

Sean Sherlock T.D. Minister for Research and Innovation at the launch of CanSat 2013

ESERO Ireland is calling on secondary school students around the country to register a team for the 2014 European CanSat competition. The challenge is quite simply to build a CanSat or mini rocket – a simulation of a real satellite integrated within the volume of a soft drinks can.

The test for teams of four to ten secondary school students from Transition Year upwards is to include all the major subsystems found in a satellite such as power, sensors and a communication system. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of a few hundred metres by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon in order to carry out a specific experiment such as measuring temperature, air pressure or achieving a safe landing.  Teams, assisted by their teacher, work together at all stages of the process – designing the CanSat, selecting its mission, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing and presenting the data.

The first round of the competition will see teams compete at a regional level, with the winners moving on to a National Final. The team who are successful in the national competition will then have the chance to compete at a European level.

Last year, the winners of the national CanSat competition, a team from Colaiste an Phiarsaigh in Cork, went on to achieve second place at the European CanSat final in the Netherlands, where their CanSat was launched by rocket to an altitude of 1km.

CanSat is a joint collaboration between ESERO Ireland (European Space Education Resource Office) and the Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA) and is co-funded by the European Space Agency and Discover Science and Engineering education and outreach programme, which is managed by Science Foundation Ireland’s (SFI).

Key Dates

October 2013 – Competition opens for entries
February 2014 – Regional finals take place in Dublin, Cork and Galway
March 2014 – National final takes place
June 2014 – European final takes place in Andoya, Norway

For further information and to register a team please contact:

Leinster – Mark Deegan of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) –

DIT is one of Ireland’s largest third-level institutions, with undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in business, sciences, the arts and engineering.

Munster – Dr Eamon Connolly of Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA) –

CEIA is a member-driven non-profit industry lead association which represents the interests of ICT companies in the Munster region.

Connacht – Carina Ginty of Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) –

GMIT is a multi-campus, multi-discipline, multi-award institute serving a diverse student body on five campuses.

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