Today the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the first ever European Astro Pi Challenge which is open for all European students to run their very own experiments on board the International Space Station.
To help students learn all about the Astro Pi units and obtain Raspberry Pi skills using the mini PC equipped with a Sense HAT, the Raspberry Pi Foundation have created a variety of resources that you can begin to work your way through.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation explains a little more :
Last year, in collaboration with the European Space Agency and the UK Space Agency, we ran a competition that allowed students all over the UK to design experiments to run on the Astro Pi units. We sent their code into space with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, who had a great time running all their programs. The data collected was then transmitted back down to Earth, so the winners of the competition – and everyone else – could analyse the results of their experiments as well.
Tim is safely back on Earth now, but French ESA Astronaut Thomas Pesquet is soon launching to the ISS, and he’s keen to see what students from all over Europe can do with the Astro Pi units too. So ESA, together with the Raspberry Pi Foundation, are launching a brand-new Astro Pi Challenge, and this time it’s open to children from every ESA member country. Imagine being able to say that you played a part in a real ESA mission, that programs you wrote were executed in orbit, and that results from your experiments were analysed by children all over the world!
For full details on the new Raspberry Pi European Astro Pi Challenge jump over to the official Foundation website via the link below. If you enjoy building Pi projects you might be interested in our comprehensive list of Raspberry Pi displays, HATS and small screens.
Source : RiPF