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The Romanian team Bendis won the ESA Moon Camp Challenge 2018-2019 in the 13-18 years old category

on 23 May 2019

The Romanian team Bendis, coordinated by Professor and ESERO Ambassador Sandu Golcea, won the competition Moon Camp Challenge 2018-2019, in the category 13-18 years old. The event was organised by the European Space Agency (ESA), Airbus Foundation and Autodesk.

The challenge was taken up by over 850 pupils around the world, with 535 participants coming from 15 ESA Member States, in the age categories of up to 12 years old and 13-18 years old. Over the past few months, the students used ESA’s educational resources, Airbus Foundation’s animations and Autodesk 3D design tools to create their lunar camps, coming up with the most creative, innovative and suited-to-purpose designs.

A panel of experts in space and lunar exploration had the difficult task of selecting the three best entries from ESA Member States and the three best from non-ESA Member States in each category. All of the entries were judged based on their creativity, feasibility, quality of the 3D model and the adaptability of the design to the lunar environment.

The winners will participate in a webinar with ESA’s astronaut Tim Peake on 29 May. They will also receive school mentoring sessions from space experts, as well as 3D printers for their schools, among other prizes.

The results add to a series of recent successes registered by Romanian teams:

  • In another ESA competition, Climate Detectives, a Romanian team from the National College Tudor Vianu, won a "highly commended team" diploma. The team analysed the daily temperature and the rainfall amount for the last 20 years to investigate the relation between climate changes and deforestation. 
  • In the Astro Pi Challenge, eleven Romanian teams have their codes running on the International Space Station, out of 135 in total. 
  • In the ZeroRobotics 2018 competition, organised by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), in collaboration with NASA, ESA and other active space organisations, eight Romanian high-school teams qualified in the finals: four from Timisoara, two from Sibiu, one from Targoviste and one from Bucharest.

Image credit: Bendis - Romania