The Odysseus contest is a pan-European educational competition aimed at students 14 to 18 years old from schools around the European Union, designed to challenge talented young people on science and at engaging and inspiring the European youth in pushing forward the limits of our knowledge by discovering the answers to fundamental questions about the history of earth, the origin of life, the solar system and the universe. The contest is organized by a consortium of four partners and is co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, in the Space area.
Students wishing to participate must form a team of 2 to 5 members, with a teacher as a coach and prepare and submit a project on the themes of Solar System, Spaceship global cooperation and Coevolution of life, using their knowledge, creativity and critical thinking.
All entries are to be submitted by the 15th of January 2013 and they will be assessed and scored on scientific knowledge, practical implementation and creativity, by highly experienced evaluators, according to predefined evaluation criteria. Three entries per country – one for each theme category – will be chosen to move forward to the final round of evaluation, where national winners will be evaluated comparatively. The final four winning teams will be selected and win a once-in-a-lifetime educational experience in the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) in Cologne, Germany and in the European Space and Technology Center of European Space Agency and the Space Expo in the Netherlands, where they will receive their prizes.
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The poster of the Odysseus contest, the template project worksheet in all EU languages and other useful information and tools are available at: