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Fifteen Romanian teams entered to the second phase of the “Astro Pi space competition

on 08 December 2016

Fifteen teams of Romanian students entered into the second phase of the “Astro Pi” space competition, organised by the European Space Agency (ESA). The challenge for all European students aged maximum 16 years old is to design a running science experiment, using the Astro Pi sensors of a computer onboard the International Space Station (ISS), and to write the code designed for Astro Pi, in order to execute the respective experiment.


The competition has three stages. In the first stage, students were invited to put forward an experiment idea that could be run on the Astro Pi computer — operating on the International Space Station, and its SenseHAT sensors.

In the second stage, astronaut Thomas Pesquet, who is currently on board the International Space Station, will provide each selected team — including the fifteen Romanian teams — with a science mission that will take place on the ISS, using Ed, the Astro Pi computer. In order to accomplish the objectives of the mission, the participants will have to define the steps of the science experiment and to write the Astro Pi code using Phyton.

The third stage will take place between 1 March and 15 May 2017. An evaluation committee of experts representing ESA, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and other national representatives will select the winning experiments, which will then be sent to the ISS to be run on the Astro Pi computer. On 15 May 2017, the results of the experiments will be published, and astronaut Thomas Pesquet will comment on the results.

The fifteen Romanian teams entering into the second stage of the “Astro Pi” space competition are:

“Vianu RoboSpace”, “Astro Vianu Team”, “Star Gazers” and “Bendis”, Tudor Vianu National College for Informatics, Bucharest
“NEITH”, National Theoretical High-School, Bucharest
“AstroRovers”, Dragos Voda National College, Campulung Moldovenesc
“Cosmos Dream”, Nicolae Balcescu Theoretical High-School, Cluj-Napoca
“Carmen Sylva Astro Pi”, Carmen Sylva Theoretical High-School, Eforie Sud
“AstroCoders”, Constantin Gh. Marinescu Secondary School, Galati
“ROVISPACE”, Tudor Vianu Theoretical High-School, Giurgi
“Space Ninjas”, Coder Dojo, Oradea
“Stardust”, Dacia Secondary School, Oradea
“MiBus researchers”, Mihai Busuioc Technology High-School, Pascani
“FireflIeSS”, National College for Informatics, Piatra- Neamt
“Critical State”, Ienăchiţă Văcărescu National College, Targoviste

Promoting the “Astro Pi” at national level in Romania is the responsibility of ESERO Romania. ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) is a joint project of the European Space Agency (ESA) and its national partners — in Romania, the national partner is the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA). ESERO is the main ESA project dedicated to supporting education at secondary level in ESA’s Member States.

The ESERO offices promote ESA competitions at a European level and they are the main contact points for teachers and students. The ESERO project raises the awareness of the younger generation on the European space programme and over its importance for the modern society and economy.

Image credit: Raspberry Pi Foundation