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.  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 14 years can join in Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab is available for students up to age 19 years.

The 2021/21 Astro Pi  Challenge will be available to schools from Monday 13 September.

ESERO Ireland will host information evenings for both categories of Astro Pi:

Click here for  Astro Pi Mission Zero Information evening on 15 September
Click here for Astro Pi Mission Space Lab Information evening on 29 September

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.