Winners of the Pioneers category 2016 present their work at a major Programming event in Portugal

 Carlota FERNANDES, Diogo GONCALVES and Nelson REBELO, the winners of the 2016 edition of the Odysseus II competition in the Pioneers category, accompanied by their teacher Cristina PINHO of the Sebastião e Silva Secondary School will be in the Pavilion of Knowledge (Lisbon, Portugal) in the first initiative of the Movement Portugal Code will take place in the on December 11, 2016. This presence will serve to give visibility to this amazing project. To know more about the event click here (in Portuguese).

Vencedores da categoria Pioneers apresentam o seu trabalho no Pavilhão do Conhecimento

Os alunos vencedores da edição de 2016 do concurso Odysseus II na categoria Pioneers Carlota FERNANDES, Diogo GONCALVES e Nelson REBELO acompanhados da sua professora Cristina PINHO da Escola Secundária Sebastião e Silva irão estar no Pavilhão do Conhecimento na primeira iniciativa do Movimento Código Portugal terá lugar no dia 11 de dezembro de 2016. Esta presença servirá para dar visibilidade ao seu projeto, que tem sido reconhecido como  extremamente criativo na área das ciências multidisciplinares da exploração do Espaço. Para saber mais sobre o evento clique aqui.

Odysseus Winners Witness Rocket Launch in French Guiana

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Winners of the 2015-2016 Odysseus space science contest have travelled to French Guiana to observe the successful launch of an Ariane 5 rocket. The trip is just part of their reward for earning top honours at the Odysseus international finals in July. Equally exciting opportunities await young Europeans in the 2016-2017 contest cycle.

Witnessing a rocket launch at the spaceport in French Guiana was an extraordinary experience for the Odysseus prizewinners. “It was amazing just to watch the transfer of the rocket to the launch pad”, says Alice Antonelli from Italy. She won first place in the Explorers category of competition for university undergraduates. For Nelson Rebelo the trip was nothing less than “a dream come true”. Nelson was part of the three-member team of high-school students from Portugal who submitted the most convincing project in the Pioneers category. Next year too, first-prize winners in both categories can look forward to visiting Europe’s spaceport in South America and to earning coveted internships in the space sector.

Vencedores do concurso Odysseus observam lançamento especial na Guiana Francesa

Os vencedores do concurso Ciência espacial Odysseus 2015-2016 viajaram para a Guiana Francesa para testemunhar o lançamento bem-sucedido de um foguete Ariane 5. A viagem foi apenas uma parte dos prémios que lhes foram conferidos por ocuparem o lugar de topo nas finais internacionais Odysseus em julho deste ano. Do mesmo modo existem oportunidades excitantes  a aguardar os jovens europeus no ciclo de competição 2016-2017. Estão abertas as inscrições on-line. O prazo para apresentação dos projectos concluídos é 31 de março de 2017.

“Uma experiência assombrosa”

 Assistir ao lançamento de um foguetão no espaçoporto da Guiana Francesa foi uma experiência inesquecível para os vencedores de Odysseus.Foi incrível só o facto de assistir à transferência do foguete para a plataforma de lançamento”, says Alice Antonelli da Itália. Ela venceu o primeiro prémio na categoria Explorers da competição destinada a alunos universitários. No dia 17 de novembro foi a primeira vez que um foguetão Ariane 5 foi usado para colocar em órbita satélites para a constelação europeia Galileo. Para o português Nelson Rebelo a viagem foi nada menos que “um sonho tornado realidade”. O Nelson fez parte de uma equipa de Portugal de três alunos do ensino secundário que venceram o concurso na categoria Pioneers. Também no próximo ano, os vencedores dos primeiros prémios e ambas as categorias poderão visitar o espaçoporto europeu na América do Sul, para além de ganhar estágios na indústria espacial.

 

 

Procuram-se: Jovens europeus com espírito de descoberta e interesse pela ciência espacial

Organizado em várias rondas (nacional, regional e internacional), a competição está aberta a participantes de escolas primárias, secundárias e universidades. Os professores e alunos são encorajados a envolver-se organizando equipes; A ajuda de mentores está disponível mediante solicitação. As inscrições podem ser submetidas em qualquer das 24 línguas oficiais da UE.  Informações detalhadas – incluindo um kit de media e instruções detalhadas sobre como submeter uma entrada online – estão disponíveis em www.odysseus-contest.eu.

 

Alice promotes space science and Odysseus Contest in Italian schools

Alice Antonelli, who won the first place in the Explorers Category of the 2016 Odysseus Contest, in parallel with her studies on Aerospace Engineering at the University of Pisa is actively mobilizing young pupils’ and students’ interest on space science. Alice who is European Youth Space Ambassador for 2016-2017 has been already invited by schools in Tuscany and in Rome to share her experiences from the contest and to talk to students about space science challenges.

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Carlota, Diogo and Nelson were named European Youth Space Ambassadors

In the context of an event, organized on 6 October 2016 in Lisbon for the World Space Week, Carlota Fernandes, Diogo Goncalves and Nelson Rebelo, members of the LEARS team, who won the first prize in the Pioneers category of the 2016 Odysseus contest, presented their project and received their European Youth Space Ambassadors Certificates, by Professor Rui Agostinho, the national Coordinator of World Space Week in Portugal.

In the photos are shown Carlota, Diogo and Nelson, with their teacher Ms Cristina Pinho, Prof. Rui Agostinho, Mr Domingos Santos Director of their School and Mr João Sequeira Mentor in the Odysseus contest.

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Carlota, Diogo e Nelson foram nomeados Jovens Embaixadores Europeus do Espaço

No contexto de um evento da Semana Mundial do Espaço organizado no dia  6 de Outubro de 2016, em Lisboa, Carlota Fernandes, Diogo Goncalves e Nelson Rebelo, membros da equipa LEARS, que ganharam o primeiro prémio na categoria Pioneers do concurso Odysseus II 2016, apresentaram o seu projecto e receberam os seus certificados de Jovens Embaixadores Europeus do Espaço, que foram entregues pelo Professor Rui Agostinho, Coordenador Nacional da Semana Mundial do Espaço em Portugal.

Nas fotos abaixo são apresentados Carlota, Diogo e Nelson, com sua professora Cristina Pinho, o Prof. Rui Agostinho, o Diretor da sua Escola, professor Domingos Santos, e João Sequeira, mentor no concurso Odysseus.

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Award Ceremony for Ivan Rubčić, winner of 2016 contest in Junior Skywalkers

Ivan Rubčić winner of the 2016 Odysseus contest in the Junior Skywalkers category received his prize – an iPad Air with space and astronomy applications and other relevant resources – and his Certificate of European Youth Space Ambassador in a ceremony, organized especially for him by his school in Ličko Lešće in Croatia, on 4 October 2016.  Ivan won the first place in his category with the drawing “Into the space by rocket”, which collected the most votes by the members of the Odysseus Community. The award was presented to Ivan by Mr Goran Nikolasevic, member of the Jury Panel of the 2016 Odysseus International Final. We congratulate Ivan and we wish him to see all his dreams come true and to Skyrocket his achievements in his studies.

Ivan 2016 winner of Junior Skywalkers

Ivan 2016 winner of Junior Skywalkers

Ivan receiving his prize by Mr Goran Nikolasevic

Ivan receiving his prize by Mr Goran Nikolasevic

Ivan with his schoolmates and teachers in the Award Ceremony

Ivan with his schoolmates and teachers in the Award Ceremony

Some of the drawings of the pupils of Ličko Lešće school submitted in the Odysseus Contest

Some of the drawings of the pupils of Ličko Lešće school submitted in the 2016 Odysseus Contest

Menelaos Raptis, public vote winner in the 2016 Skywalkers contest, received his prize

Menelaos Raptis, from Thessaloniki, Greece, received his prize (an iPad mini) for winning the public vote of the 2016 contest in the Skywalkers category.  Menelaos is 12 years old and he is attending the first class of secondary school of Filyro in Thessaloniki. Robotics, basketball and painting are some of Menelaos’ favorite hobbies.  For the past four years he was taking courses in robotics in the University of Macedonia and apart from Odysseus he distinguished in other educational competitions in physics and in mathematics, winning the second award in Greece, in the mathematical Olympiad “EYKLEIDES”.  Menelaos’ biggest dream is to become an astronaut and as Astrobiology is the field of sciences that excites him a lot, he decided to participate in the Odysseus contest by creating an imaginary future world.

In a ceremony organized for him in NOESIS Science Centre, Menelaos told to the Odysseus team: “The whole experience of my participation was really great and I would like to repeat it, -why not? -this year again. My ambition is to encourage my friends and my classmates to participate in the competition in order to feel the excitement of creation and inspiration.

Menelaus Raptis after receiving his prize

Menelaos after receiving his prize

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Menelao’s entry in the 2016 Odysseus Contest