28.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in Venice

Open Discovery Space invites European youth to explore the space with Odysseus Contest

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Dare to dream… Dare to discover… Dare to create… The Open Discovery Space project announces the Odysseus Contest, a pan-European competition aimed at students aged 14-18 years old from schools around the European Union. The contest is designed to challenge talented young people on the themes of Solar System, Spaceship global cooperation and Co-evolution of life. The Odysseus Contest is now open for submission. Deadline: 15 January 2013.

Odysseus is a European project, 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 project, started in November 2011, will last for 18 months. It aspires to integrate ongoing educational activities on science in a pan-European perspective, providing the opportunity for young pupils to compete with their peers from different European countries. This action is also enhancing the concept of multinational cooperation, an element necessary in space exploration field. Students from 44 European countries can compete in this educational contest on space exploration.  The Odysseus contest is designed to challenge talented young people on science and at engaging and inspiring the European youth in pushing forward the limits of our knowledge by discovering the answers to fundamental questions about the history of earth, the origin of life, the solar system and the universe.

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. All entries - to be submitted by 15 January 2013 - will be assessed and scored on scientific knowledge, practical implementation and creativity, by highly experienced evaluators, according to predefined evaluation criteria. 3 entries per country – one for each theme category – and one from the public vote will be chosen to move forward to the final round of evaluation, where national winners will be evaluated comparatively. The final 4 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 ESA and the Space Expo the in the Netherlands, where they will be nominated European winners in an award ceremony.

For additional information about the ODYSSEUS Contest, visit: http://www.odysseus-contest.eu/

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 in April 2012, 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.




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