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Odysseus II


Odysseus II project financed by the European Union, aims to inspire young people throughout Europe to engage in space exploration through a series of educational activities. The main activity of the project is a fun-oriented educational contest (The Youth for Space Challenge) that combines scientific learning with hands-on experience. Organized in multiple rounds, the contest targets all pupils and students in Europe, wherever they are living and irrespective of their cultural background or language. The ultimate aim of the project is to foster the development of qualified scientists, engineers and technicians in areas relevant to the priorities of EU space policy.


  • skywalkers: primary school, aged 7 to 13
  • pioneers: secondary school, aged 14 to 18
  • explorers: university, aged 17 a 22

All work can be presented and defended in Spanish in all phases of the competition. Each category has different phases, national, regional and international levels.

Mentors and evaluators

Currently, the organization is looking for mentors and evaluators for each country. Mentors should provide scientific support to the competitors and evaluators should be a large group enough to review the works nationwide, to choose the best works of the categories. Evaluators and mentors are mutually exclusive categories. Assessors and mentors from different fields, engineering, design, architecture, medicine, art, ... are required.

In order to have an idea of ​​the number of the evaluators and mentors needed, it is important that teachers who intend to send teams to the competition made their entry as soon as possible



  • Deadline: 31 march 2016
  • Skywalkers submit pictures they have created individually.
  • The term ‘picture’ can apply to images created by any medium either manually (drawing, painting, mosaics etc.) or electronically (photographs, drawings made with computer design programs etc.). Pictures not created electronically must be scanned and uploaded in one of the approved formats.Each Skywalker presents a drawing done on space science itself drawings
  • All contestants must submit an original space science picture based on the themes and challenges specified for their age category: Solar System and Spaces Science, Europe in the space missions, Human Beings on Mars, Astrobiology
  • Each Skywalker contestant can submit only one picture for the contest
  • Two categories: rom 7 to 10 years old and from 11 to 13
  • Skywalkers do not compete in teams but must be helped with registration and submission by an adult (teacher, family member or youth leader).
  • In the Skywalker picture category all submissions will be judged by online voting by the contestants themselves. efore the online voting by Skywalker contestants for pictures in their own age group, the best pictures in each age group in each country will be selected by the contest judges to be voted on by the contestants
  • Prizes: All the national winners and runners-up of the Junior Skywalkers’ and Senior Skywalkers’ picture contest will have their picture entries displayed in the Winners’ Gallery. They will also receive a winners’ medallion and a model rocket kit sent directly to their school or home by the organizers. The Skywalker picture contest winners, chosen at the International Final, will receive an iPad Air 2 with space related e-books and applications and a ‘European Youth Space Ambassador’ diploma, sent directly to their home or school



* Deadline: 15 January 2016
  • Projects submitted should have been done in teams of two to three students, led by a tutor. Each team can have a mentor to guide them technically and scientifically
  • You must choose the type of project that you want to work, a video, a prototype, a presentation ...
  • You should choose a theme for Project: Solar system and space science Europe in space, humans on Mars Astrobiology
  • Prizes: international: Journey to the Kourou launch site in French Guiana; Regional: high-end telescope, trip to the city where they held the final domestic: domestic: trip to the city of the regional final, a memory pack, medal



* Deadline: 15 January 2016
  • Explorers should be enrolled in an undergraduate university degree course during the academic year 2015-2016.
  • Explorers compete as individuals, or in pairs and they may choose to be advised by a mentor on scientific and technical aspects of their project entry.
   * All contestants must submit an original space related project based on the themes and challenges specified for Explorers category.Copernicus: Earth observation; Rosetta mission; space exploration; Gaia mission: observing the stars; general linkages between field data and satellite
  • Prizes: National: diploma, medal memories and publication of the project in the "Hall of Fame"; Regional: high quality computerized telescope ; Final: trip to Kourou, nternships to ESA or to a European aero-space industry
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