Odysseus Contest


Dare to dream… Dare to discover… Dare to create.

The ODYSSEUS project aims at engaging and inspiring European youth in the "New Frontier", by implementing a pan-European scientific contest for young people on Space exploration themes.

The contest is open to teams of up to five students (aged 14 to 18) and their teacher/mentor from any of the EU member states. The task is to design and demonstrate an innovative and imaginative project in one of three current research themes:

•    solar system
•    spaceship - global cooperation, and
•    co-evolution of life.

The winners will be invited to visit SpaceExpo at the European Space Research and Technology Centre of the European Space Agency (ESA/ESTEC) in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Participants can submit their projects from 1 July 2012 to 31 January 2013. The winners of the national rounds in each theme will compete at the European level and present their projects before the project's International Scientific Committee, who will choose the best project in each category.

The awards ceremony will take place at SpaceExpo in April 2013.

Basic information

Country: Belgium, France, Greece, Netherlands

Coordinator: Signosis, Brussels, Belgium, http://www.signosis.eu

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: secondary school students, teachers, youth clubs

Topic: Astronautics, Astronomy, Physics, Education

Start year: 2011

End year: 2013

Url: http://www.odysseus-contest.eu

Contact person: Elena Tavlaki, Signosis., info (at) odysseus-contest.eu

The evaluation of submitted projects will be based on pre-defined criteria: scientific content, overall presentation, collaboration within the team members, creativeness.

The evaluators are mostly scientists specialized in astronomy, but also teachers and education professionals with a scientific background. Researchers and/or teachers interested in taking part in the evaluation can register on the project website (registration starts on 1 September 2012)

To help participants and their teachers to design their projects, the project will develop learning resources and educational scenarios for teachers for each of the three categories: solar system, spaceship - global cooperation, co-evolution of life.

In addition, three demos – one for each category – will be available on the project website. A group of students from the Netherlands have also made a demonstration which will be posted on the website.

All the submitted projects will be accessible to the public through the Odysseus website after the end of the contest (April 2013).

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