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Save the date for Back to School 2021-22 with ESA!

Published: Jul 30, 2021 5 min read

STEM learning


The European Space Agency (ESA) school projects will be back this September!

With Astro PI, Climate Detectives, Mission X, Moon Camp and CanSat, your students can learn about Earth’s environment, train like an astronaut, design a Moon base, develop a “micro-satellite” or program a computer onboard the International Space Station. Choose your favourite, note down the kick-off dates and… teach with space!


The European Astro Pi Challenge

Starts: 13 September     Level: up to 19 years old

Learn to code while exploring space! You can conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station! Two missions are available for beginner and more experienced coders: Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab.

Astro Pi is run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

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Climate Detectives

Starts: 14 September     Level: 8 to 15 years old

Join the ESA Climate Detectives community and help ESA understanding and protecting Earth’s climate. Identify a local climate problem, investigate it by using real satellite images or your own ground measurements, and propose actions to help reduce or monitor the problem. We can all make a difference!  

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Moon Camp Challenge

Starts: 15 September     Level: 6 to 19 years old

Accept the challenge, experiment with it takes to live in space, and 3D design your own Moon base for the astronauts of the future. Choose the level that best fits your team, Discovery for beginners, Explorers for intermediate teams or Pioneers for advanced teams. Registrations are open from September 2021 to April 2022.

Moon Camp is a collaboration between ESA and Airbus Foundation, in collaboration with Autodesk.

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Starts: 16 September     Level: 11 to 19 years old

Imagine, build, test and launch your very own mini satellite fitting the size of a soda can! Foster your technology and programming skills by taking up this challenge. Your team must plan a scientific mission to be performed by your CanSat during the launch and descent to Earth. Are you a beginner? Don’t worry! Start your mission by experimenting with the new simplified beginners' category.

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Mission X: Train like an astronaut

Starts: 17 September     Level: 8 to 12 years old

It’s time to get up, move your body, and train like an astronaut! In Mission X, you’ll learn the key elements to keeping fit and staying healthy in space and on Earth. Complete physical exercises and scientific investigations developed by scientists and astronaut trainers. Earn points to help mascots Luna and Leo walk to the Moon.

Mission X is a collaboration between ESA and the UK Space Agency, facilitated by the ESERO network.

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Download a timetable

Why not download a handy PDF timetable showing all the ESA school projects?

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