Get ready to submit your project to the Odysseus Contest by 15 February
Open Discovery Space invites European youth to explore the space with Odysseus, a pan-European educational competition aimed at students aged 14-18 years old from schools around the European Union, designed to challenge talented young people on science. Students wishing to participate must form a team of 2 to 5 members, with a teacher as a coach and, prepare and submit a project on the themes of Solar System, Spaceship global cooperation and Co-evolution of life, using their knowledge, creativity and critical thinking.
Watch the video: Odysseus Contest [5:23]
All entries have to be submitted by 15 February 2013 and they will be assessed and scored on scientific knowledge, practical implementation and creativity, by highly experienced evaluators, according to predefined evaluation criteria. Three entries per country --one for each theme category - will be chosen to move forward to the final round of evaluation, where national winners will be evaluated comparatively and the final four winning teams will be selected and win a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany and in the European Space Research and Technology Center of European Space Agency and the Space Expo the in the Netherlands, where they will receive their prizes. For additional information about the contest, visit: http://www.odysseus-contest.eu/
Odysseus is co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, in the Space area for “Studies and events in support of European Space Policy”. Space exploration advances our knowledge, allows us to understand and protect our planet better and provides the opportunity to discover the answers to fundamental questions about the history of Earth, the origin of life, the Solar System and the Universe. In other words space exploration is pushing forward the limits of our knowledge and is engaging and inspiring the public in the “New Frontier”. The Odysseus project aims exactly at engaging and inspiring the European youth in the “New Frontier”, by implementing a pan-European Scientific Contest for young people on Space exploration themes, combining creativity, intelligence and innovation.
The UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, Venice (Italy), is associated with the Open Discovery Space (ODS) project, funded by the European Commission under the CIP ICT-PSP call 5, and kicked off in Athens last year, resulting of the collaboration between 51 organizations from 23 countries, with the aim to create a socially-powered, multilingual open learning infrastructure to boost the adaptation of eLearning Resources in Europe.