Odysseus is a pan-European scientific contest for young people aged 14 to 18, and the top teams will win a trip to the prize ceremony at Space Expo in the Netherlands.
The competition is focused on three themes:
- Solar system
- Spaceship-global co-operation
- Co-evolution of life
Participants take part in teams with up to five members, under the supervision of a teacher/mentor, to design and demonstrate an innovative project under one of the three themes.
Teams need to register their entries submit their projects by 31 January 2013.
The national winners will be selected by researchers in the field for each of the 3 themes. Each national winner will go on to compete at European level, and the finalist in each of the three themes will be invited to present their projects and assist in the awards ceremony at Space Expo.
The three winning teams plus the most favourite team of a vote by participants will be invited to the ceremony in Space Expo, the Netherlands. Travel expenses (based on second-class/economy class fares) and hotel expenses will be paid for by the organisers of the competition.
All teams who submit entries will receive certificates of participation. Teams who finish in the top in their country and enter the final round will receive certificates of distinction.
The Odysseus project aims to inspire European youth, by motivating and developing students’ knowledge in science, technology and collaboration through their active participation in a research project. It also informs and encourages students to follow careers in science.
For science teachers, Odysseus provides the opportunity to increase student interest and to interact with researchers. Odysseus is designed to allow teachers and students to become involved easily by providing them sample lessons and material explaining the project and on the website. It will also allow the teachers to develop innovative teaching techniques.
For details of how to compete, visit the Odysseus website.