Young Europeans challenged to conquer Space during the Odysseus II competition
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    Young Europeans challenged to conquer Space during the Odysseus II competition

    Young people aged 7 to 22 from all European Union member States and associated countries have been invited to take part in the Odysseus II competition, which starts on the 1st of September. “The competition lets young people unleash their creativity and better understand everything to do with Space, satellites and waves, as well as astrobiology and interplanetary travel”, says a press release published on Monday. The international finalists will compete in Brussels or Toulouse. The winners will fly to the Guyana Space Centre in South America.

    Odysseus II will encourage tens of thousands of European students to become interested in Space science. “The competition focuses on paediatric activities and combines scientific learning and practical experience”, the press release says.  

    There will be different competitions for three different academic levels: “astronauts” (primary school children), “pioneers” (secondary school children) and “explorers” (university students). “All candidates or teams have to hand in an original image or project to do with Space science, based on themes and tasks specific to their age category”, the competition rules say.

    There will be two cycles in the competition, which will take place in the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 academic years. “Teachers are invited to join in by coaching teams, and they can get professional support if they want it. The projects can be handed in in any of the European Union’s 24 official languages”, the organisers say. Odysseus II is part of a three year eponymous project financed by the Horizon 2020 European Union research and innovation project.

    Jason Bennett (Source: Belga)