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.”