CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level Students (transition year and upwards) run by ESERO Ireland in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and Institutes of Technology.
What is CanSat
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, built inside a empty soft drink can
Teams of school students compete to design, build and test a mini-satellite or CanSat. The competition gives students a feeling of excitement and technological achievement by launching their own satellite and gives them their first practical experience of a real space project.
Your Mission … should you choose to accept it
Entry is open to 4/6 second level students per team (Transition Year, fifth Year and Sixth Year) per team
What help will you get
The partner Institute of Technology will support participating schools by providing access to state-of the-art labs, technical support and industry mentors for the competing teams. Each team and their teacher will be provided with a kit, an introduction course and on-going technical support from a dedicated technical mentor.
And now for the Science part
Each team develops a CanSat – Arduino based electronic circuitry housed in a drinks can which takes measurements and transmits back to a computer. The team is responsible for all aspects of the design, selecting the missions, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data. The team are brought to a launch site and the CanSat is launched and released from a height. The CanSat must take measurements and transmit the data on its journey back down.
CanSat Primary Mission
After release and during descent, the CanSat shall measure the following parameters and transmit the data to the ground station (a lap top)
CanSat Secondary Mission
The student must develop any secondary mission of their choice; these are just some examples
There are 7 regional partners in 2017/18. These are Athlone Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tralee and Institute of Technology Sligo.
Each of the colleges will be working to train teams from local schools between now and March 2017. See the training videos below for some of the topics which the students will become familiar with. Each Institute of Technology will host a regional competition on the following dates.
Limerick: March 8th
Cork: March 10th
Athlone: March 20th
Dublin: March 15th
Galway: March 22nd
Sligo: 13th March
Winners from each region will participate in the CanSat National Final on 26 and 27 April 2018 in Emo Court, Co Laois. The Irish national winner will represent Ireland in the European competition in June/July 2018. CanSat is an initiative to encourage school students to consider careers in science and engineering.
For further information please contact:
ESERO Ireland (Science Foundation Ireland) Stephanie O’Neill Phone: 01 607 3014 firstname.lastname@example.org
Blackrock Castle Observatory Alan Giltinan, Email: email@example.com
Athlone Institute of Technology Marcus Rahilly, Email: mrahilly@AIT.IE
Cork Institute of Technology Joe Connell, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dublin Institute of Technology Michael McKeever, Email: email@example.com
Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology Emer Cahill, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Limerick Institute of Technology Marie Walsh, Email: email@example.com
Sligo Institute of Technology Una Lestrange, Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Institute of Technology, Tralee Krishna Punduru, Email: email@example.com