Astro Pi

What is the European Astro Pi challenge?
Post Primary Level

The European Astro Pi Challenge is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space, by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers on board the International Space Station.  There are two levels to the Astro Pi Challenge;  Mission Zero for beginners and Mission Space Lab for those more experienced with using the Rasperry Pi.  Students up to age 19 can join in both missions.

The 2022/23 Astro Pi  Mission Space Lab Challenge will be available to schools from Monday 12 September 2022.

The 2022/23 Astro Pi Mission Zero Challenge will be available  from 22 September 2022

Find out more on the Astro Pi website. 

And check out these great video tutorials from ESA here, as well as the resources below.

Astro Pi Classroom Resources
Post Primary Level

Astro Pi is the name of a small computer developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, in collaboration with the UK Space Agency and the European Space Agency (ESA).  With this first set of activities you are going to assemble your Raspberry Pi for the first time and learn the essential coding language that you need to program your Astro Pi.

  1. Getting started with Astro Pi – teach with space | T05.1

Download the teacher’s guide.

Download the student activities.

The Sense HAT is an add-on board for Raspberry Pi that was created for the Astro Pi competition. In this set of activities you will explore the Sense HAT hardware and its Python library. You will learn how to control the LED matrix and how to display visual output.

2. Meet the sense hat – teach with space | T05.2

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Download the student activities.

During the European Astro Pi Challenge, Astro Pi Ed onboard the International Space Station (ISS) will be collecting a range of data using its sensors. In this set of activities you will explore life conditions onboard the ISS and compare them with life conditions on Earth using the Sense HAT sensors to sense the space around you.

3. How to collect data from the Astro Pi – teach with space | T05.3

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Download the student activities.

4. Meet the Astro Pi Cameras T05.4

Students will learn how to assemble and program Astro Pi cameras for capturing images and videos, using a Raspberry Pi and the Python programming language

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