Raspberry Pi: Pupils invited to run experiments on the International Space Station

Two upgraded Raspberry Pi computers are set to be launched to the International Space Station, enabling young people to run scientific experiments in space and communicate with astronauts.

The European Astro Pi Challenge is being run by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the European Space Agency and is aimed at primary and secondary students, no matter what their experience with computers.

The free Mission Zero online activity is curriculum aligned and aims to help students write a simple computer program and share a message with the astronauts orbiting 408km above the Earth.

The program students write will take a humidity reading on-board the International Space Station. It takes an hour and requires no specialist equipment or prior coding knowledge from student or teacher.

Organisers say that every eligible child that follows the step-by-step guidelines is guaranteed to have their program run in space with participants receiving a certificate.

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