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.
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 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.
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
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