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CanSat project wins an award from the Ministry of National Education

on 13 June 2014

Wednesday, 11 June 2014, the "Ad Sidera" CanSat project won an award from the Minister for National Education, Remus Pricopie, as the best science project in the national competition “O activitate de succes în Școala Altfel: Să ştii mai multe, să fii mai bun!”. The Romanian Space Agency (ROSA) offered technical assistance for the students participating in the project.

 The "Ad Sidera/Let us have a close look at the stars" project was conducted by 33 students of the "Constantin Diaconovici Loga" National College, Timis district, coordinated by the physics professor Sandu Golcea, and consisted in the construction, launch and test of a CanSat. Weighting 250g the CanSat was equipped with two temperature sensors, one pressure sensor and a three channel sensor for measuring the 3D acceleration. Data were transmitted via radio and acquired directly on a computer for further processing. The satellite was launched using a cluster of helium-filled balloons at an altitude of 1500m above sea level. The strategy for satellite operations was discussed with Virgiliu Pop, the ESERO Romania manager and ROSA researcher, and the satellite kit was obtained through an ESA (European Space Agency) grant.

The Ministry of Education designated this scientific project as the best in the country, out of 40 entries in the competition, which involved writing projects based on the activities organised during "Scoala Altfel". The projects were divided into ten educational areas: cultural, artistic, technical, scientific, sports, education for democratic citizenship and promoting humanitarian values, health education and healthy lifestyle, environmental education and environmental protection, life skills, counselling and career guidance, and represent a way for young people to gain new abilities in areas such as: communication, personal development and character building from a very early age.