AstroPi

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.

Find out more on the Astro Pi website.

Phase 2 of the European Astro Pi Challenge begins!
Post Primary Level

Phase 2 of the European Astro Pi Challenge: Mission Space Lab has now begun! During Phase ESA Education and Raspberry Pi Foundation received a record-breaking 471 entries from 24 countries! Now, the 365 selected teams will have the chance to write computer programs for the scientific experiments they want to send to the Astro Pi computers aboard the International Space Station (ISS)!

Congratulations to the Irish teams who qualified…

 

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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

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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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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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