ESA invites secondary school students to participate in a challenging competition to explore the high-energy Universe.
Explore the high-energy Universe competition
For nearly 10 years the INTEGRAL gamma-ray observatory has been watching an impressive cosmic light show, observing some of the most energetic phenomena in the Universe, such as: black holes devouring matter, colossal explosions known as gamma-ray bursts, and supernova explosions - the swan-song of a giant star. This competition forms part of the celebrations to mark the 10th anniversary of INTEGRAL. By participating, students will explore the extreme and ever-changing Universe with tools and techniques used in real research.
In this competition students will take on the roles of the engineers, scientists and astronomers whose ingenuity and skills enabled the development of a space mission that studies some of the most violent and exotic processes in our dynamic Universe. To enter the competition students will be able to choose from four projects that encourage them to utilise a variety of skills as they: Observe, Research, Design or Build.
Each project will be judged in 3 age categories: under 13 year olds, 14 - 16 year olds and 17 – 19 year olds. The overall winner of each project, across all three age categories, will receive the top prize of a trip to Paris to participate in the 9th INTEGRAL science workshop. Every individual who sends in a valid entry will also receive a certificate acknowledging their participation in this competition.
Project 1: Observe variable stars with your own telescope
Project 2: Research – discover the central region of our Galaxy
Project 3: Design your own high-energy astrophysics mission
Project 4: Build your own INTEGRAL spacecraft
The competition is open for participation by students, registered as attending secondary school during the academic year 2011-2012, from ESA Member States and Cooperating States*, Russia and the USA.
* ESA Member States mid 2011: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Romania acceded to the ESA Convention at the beginning of 2011.
Check these pages regularly throughout the duration of the competition for any updates and further information.
If you have any questions about the competition or would like to be notified of any updates, contact Rebecca Barnes at SciEduesa.int