Astro Pi competition: Raspi programs by children and young people enter space
The Astro Pi competition has started and allows young people to develop programs that run on a Raspberry Pi computer and collect data in space. Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab, intended for beginners, are organized by the European Space Agency ESA and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Since December 2015, 54,000 young people from 25 different countries have taken part in the competition and have written their code on specially adapted Raspberry Pi computers. But for two years, the organizers worked on upgrading the hardware. In addition to a Coral USB accelerator for machine learning and an HQ camera with 12 megapixels and a lens connection, the hardware for the challenge now also includes additional sensors, such as a color sensor and light and a passive infrared (PIR) sensor.
Mission Zero is intended for beginners who are expected to write a simple program in the Python programming language that takes a sensor value to measure humidity on board the International Space Station ISS. All scripts are then executed on board the ISS for 30 seconds. Entering the contest, on the other hand, only takes an hour. All Mission Zero participants also have the option of participating in the Participate in choosing a name for two new Astro Pi computers. The following code must be added to the Mission Zero program to vote:
sense.show_message("My name should be Ada Lovelace")
Mission Space Lab, meanwhile, is aimed at advanced users and ends in July 2022. In five project phases, young people can work in groups on a common project. The first phase is to record an idea and the last phase ends with an analysis of the data.
Ideas for Mission Space Lab must be submitted by October 29. Anyone between the ages of seven and 19 can participate in the missions. All participants then receive a certificate. For Mission Zero, registration by the children’s teachers is required, who then submit the completed scripts.
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