Projects

Irish Girl Guides
Post Primary Level

ESERO Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Blackrock Castle Observatory and the Irish Girl Guides are proud to introduce the new IGG Space Badge. This project was the brainwave of Niamh Shaw, science & space communicator, and it’s one of the legacies from her term as Ambassador for the Irish Girl Guides.  Niamh has worked closely with Frances McCarthy from Blackrock Castle Observatory over the last year to develop the Space activities which will support the girls in achieving their Space Badges.

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The European Astro Pi Challenge 2019/20
Primary & Post Primary Level

The European Astro Pi Challenge is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It offers students and 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 (ISS). The Astro Pi challenge is divided in two separate missions featuring different levels of complexity: Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab.

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CanSat
Post Primary Level

In this project, teams build a small satellite (the size of a soft drink can) that will be launched up to 1 km on a small rocket. Teams must complete two missions: the primary mission, mandatory for all, requires the students to measure air temperature and pressure and receive these data at their ground station every second; the secondary mission is open to the students’ imagination and can range from science to engineering experiments.

Unfortunately due to  COVID-19 restrictions and current school closures the CanSat Ireland 2021 competition is postponed for now.  A decision will be made on how to proceed when schools re-open.  Our priority will always be for students and all involved to enjoy a high quality experience in a safe environment.

Click here to find out more about CanSat Ireland

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Climate Detectives
Primary & Post Primary Level

In this project, teams of students are challenged to “make a difference”; they identify and investigate a local climate problem by using satellite images or by taking measurements on the ground, and based on their results propose a way to monitor or mitigate it.

At key phases of the project, real experts in the field of Earth observation and climate will support the teams by giving feedback on their investigation plans.

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Mission X: Train Like An Astronaut
Primary Level

Mission X: Train like an astronaut is an international educational challenge that focuses on health, science, fitness and nutrition and encourages pupils to train like an astronaut. On this challenge, pupils practice scientific reasoning and teamwork whilst participating in hands-on STEM education and physical education activities targeting strength, endurance, coordination, balance and spatial awareness.

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Moon Camp Challenge
Primary & Post Primary Level

In this international and inspirational programme students will use innovative learning technologies to design their own Moon settlement with a 3D modelling tool (Tinkercad or Fusion 360). Teams will also have to develop a number of scientific experiments to explore the extreme environment of space and understand how astronauts could live on the Moon.

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