Interested in participating in a real space project? Register your team today!
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).
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) – firstname.lastname@example.org
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) – email@example.com
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) – firstname.lastname@example.org
GMIT is a multi-campus, multi-discipline, multi-award institute serving a diverse student body on five campuses.