CanSat 2016/17
Post Primary Level

CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level Students (transition year and upwards)  run by ESERO Ireland  in association with Cork Electronic Industries Association and Institutes of Technology.

Five regional partners will work with ESERO to run CanSat in 2015/16. These are Athlone Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology,Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology and Limerick Institute of Technology.

Cork Electronic Industries Association partners with ESERO to oversee the management of the project nationally.

Each of the colleges will be working to train teams from local schools between now and January/February.  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:             Friday 3rd  March
Cork:                    Saturday 11th March
Athlone:               Wednesday 15th  March
Dublin:                Wednesday 22nd March
Galway:               Friday 31st March

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What is CanSat?
Post Primary Level

A video made by students in Confey College, Leixlip who participated in the Leinster CanSat Competition organised by DIT on 9th March 2016

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Space Station Robot Challenge
Post Primary Level

A space robotics competition opens today for school students. The aim is to design a robot that can move cargo from one end of an International Space Station (ISS) mock-up to another.

The competition is open to any school student aged between 11 and 19 from an ESA member state*. This is the second time that ESA has run a space robotics competition.

Zero Robotics
Post Primary Level

The Zero Robotics competition has just been launched.

The 2014 ESA High School Tournament registration is now open to European secondary-school students until 26 September. The competition is mostly about coding but not only, it is also about applied Physics and Mathematics and problem solving. Students which participated in the past have been extremely positive and enthusiastic.

More about the competition.

Mission X: Train Like An Astronaut
Primary Level

Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut is an international educational challenge focusing on fitness and nutrition as students (aged 8 to 12 years old) are encouraged to “train like an astronaut.”

Mission X is focuses on fitness and nutrition because we know that a healthy body is necessary to be a ‘Fit Explorer!’ The World Health Organization has designated childhood obesity as one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century – and diet, physical activity, and health are the best answers to this largely preventable problem. Astronauts know the vital importance of physical training for mission success.

Teams of primary students will learn principles of healthy eating and exercise, compete for points by finishing training modules. Students will practice scientific reasoning and teamwork while participating in hands-on training missions targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance, spatial awareness, and more.

Train Like an Astronaut mission activities include: Base Station Walkback; Crew Strength Training; Do a Spacewalk; Mission: CONTROL!; Jump for the Moon; Explore and Discover; Agility Astro-Course; Speed of Light; Building an Astronaut Core; Crew Assembly; Let’s Climb a Martian Mountain; Planet you GO, Gravity you Find; Get on Your Space Cycle; and Space Roll and Roll. Educational science modules include: Living Bones, Strong Bones; Hydration Station; Energy of an Astronaut; and Reduced Gravity, Low Fat.

Schools and Teachers interested in participating should send an email to the country point of contact who will give more information on how to register etc. The Mission X official website has all the activities translated in several languages.

Mission X official website:

You can also read more about Mission X 2014 on the recent article on ESA’s website.
ESA Article: Mission-X_jump_for_the_Moon

The Irish Point of Contact for this project is Ria O’Sullivan at Blackrock Castle Observatory