2017 Non-EU Odysseus winners anounced

The team “denizglbhrli” from Ozel Cevizlibag Doga Koleji in Seyitnizam, Turkey, with the project “Automated Radiation Shield” won the first place among entries from non-EU countries in the Pioneers category and qualified to the next round of the Odysseus contest. Congratulations to Deniz Gulbaharli and Ulas Gulbaharli and to their teacher Ms Ozlem Ozan for their excellent performance.  In the second place was the team “Rigel1” from the Saint Andrews School in La Paz Bolivia, with the project entitled “Sentirse solo y aburrido en un viaje durante 1 año. Psicología de un vuelo a Marte”.

In the Explorers category Aleksander Knutsen, student in the Norwegian University of Science and Technology won the first place and qualified to the semi-finals, with the project “High-altitude Balloons on Mars”. In the second place came Vatan Aksoy Tezer and Öner Altınbağ, from the Faculty of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the Istanbul Technical University, with the project “From Valley To Sky”.

2017 national winners and finalists in the Pioneers category from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the United Kingdom.

In Denmark the 2017 national winner in the Pioneers category is the team “BlackStar” from Midtsjællands Efterskole, with the project entitled “Lazarus”.   The team consists of Lukas Leth and Carl Vistisen and is coached by their teacher Mr Jens Brix.

In Finland the 2017 national winner is the team “Ikaros” from Winellska skolan consisting of Alvar Winquist, Axel Broman and Elias Westerén with Mr Jonas Pått, as their coach.

In Sweden the winner is the team “Rymdraket” from Nyströmska skolan with the project entitled “A future Mars city”. The team members are Anja Saksi and Elia Andersson, with Dr Peter Lindström as coach.

In the United Kingdom the national winner in the Pioneers category is the team “MrBWakeford” from Winchcombe Secondary School, with the project “Daedalus – Sustaining life beyond earth”. The team consists of Lucy Payne, Millie Wilson and Thierry Fox and is coached by their teacher Mr Barnaby Wakeford.

The following three Pioneer teams are also qualifying to the semi-final that will be organized in the Space Science Camp in Soroe, Denmark from 15 June to 17 June.

  • Team Maimar, from Frijsenborg Efterskole, Denmark
  • Team NdaliaOdysseus, from the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, United Kingdom
  • Team Daanish, from the Hymers College, United Kingdom

2017 National Odysseus Winners in Spain and in Portugal announced

The evaluations at national level in Spain and in Portugal have been completed.

In the Pioneers category the winner for 2017 in Spain is the team “queiruga“ from the Colegio Jesús-María in Burgos, with the project entitled “The room bottom”. Congratulations to the members of the “queiruga” team, María Sicilia Prieto, Pablo Olmedillo Santillana, Daniel Rebolleda Hernández and to their teacher – coach Dr Miguel Angel Queiruga Dios.

Congratulations also to the 2017 national winner for Portugal in the Pioneers category.  This is the team “MarianaSilva” from Escola Básica e Secundária Emídio Navarro in Setubal, with the project “À procura de um sinal: Estaremos sozinhos no Universo?” and with members Mariana Silva and Inês Oliveira, with Ms Sofia Reis as their teacher coach.

Along the two national winners eight more teams have qualified to the regional final that will be held from 16th to 19th of May in Madrid in order to select the team that will go to the International Final next July.  The teams that also qualified to the next round are:

  • Team “EXODUS”, from IES Cardenal Cisneros, Spain
  • Team “Pasión espacial II”, from IES ¨Tháder¨, Spain
  • Team “godoca”, from Institut Guindàvols, Spain
  • Team “MARTETINTOS” from IES AZUER, Spain
  • Team “Trestíficos” from Institut Guindàvols, Spain
  • Team “Ad Infinitum” from Sagrada Família – Horta school, Spain
  • Team Apollo from Escola Secundária de São Pedro do Sul, Portugal
  • Team “TheSpaceIsStrange2017” from Collegi Safa Horta Barcelona, Spain

Extension of Submissions Deadline for Skywalkers – The New Deadline is 10th of April 2017

Due to the large number of inquiries and the requests from teachers, we have further extended the deadline for Skywalkers registrations and submissions to the Odysseus Contest. The new deadline is midnight (CET), 10th April 2017, so there is plenty of time for all interested Skywalkers to complete registration and submit their artwork.

The submissions deadline for Pioneers and Explorers remains 31st March 2017, 23:59 CET.

Many thanks to those pupils, who have already submitted their entries. If any contestants in the Skywalkers category would like to modify their entry, they can do it by submitting another entry using the same account details.

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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