Kids’ cosmic coding challenge launches Raspberry Pi computers into space

CAMBRIDGE, England, 20 December 2021 / PRNewswire / – Two revolutionary Raspberry Pi computers will launch today from Cape Canaveral aboard SpaceX 24 to allow children and teens to conduct their own experiments on the International Space Station (ISS).

the European Astro Pi Challenge: Mission Zero from the Raspberry Pi Foundation and the European Space Agency (ESA) inspires young people to discover and develop a love of coding and digital creativity with a truly ‘out of this world’ experience.

He guides them step-by-step to code a sensor control aboard the ISS and puts their creativity into action by designing a digital illustration and crafting a personal message for astronauts orbiting 408 km above Earth.

Young explorers don’t need any previous coding experience or specialized equipment, just a computer with an internet connection and their imaginations. It is completely free to participate in up to March 18, 2022 and suitable for children from the age of six.

Philippe Colligan, CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation said: “The Astro Pi Challenge inspires kids to discover coding, explore digital creativity and participate in an ‘out of this world’ learning opportunity by coding an experience on the International Space Station. We’re putting the power of computing in the hands of kids with one of the coolest educational opportunities out there. ”

All eligible participant from an ESA member or associate country that follows the simple instructions is guaranteed to have their experience, message and image on the ISS and will receive a certificate to mark when in orbit.

The new Raspberry Pi computers launched today replace the older models – Ed and Izzy – which have been on the space station since 2015. Since then, 54,000 young people across Europe and Canada took part in the Astro Pi Challenge. Participants in this year’s challenge will also have the opportunity to name the new computers.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based charity that works to put computing and digital creation in the hands of young people around the world. It aims to empower young people to harness the power of community and digital technology to solve issues that matter to them and to express themselves creatively.

In addition to Mission Zero, the Astro Pi Challenge Mission space laboratory is aimed at teams of young people with some coding experience. Teams develop more detailed experiments in schools and coding clubs. Registration for this year’s Mission Space Lab is already closed. A record 800 teams from 23 countries participated in experiments, including monitoring forest health, plant erosion, forest fires and climate change – 49% using machine learning . The most promising teams will be supported to advance their ideas, before the best experiments take place on the ISS.

To learn more about the Astro Pi Challenge and participate in Mission Zero today, visit

SOURCE Raspberry Pi Foundation

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