Good luck to our transition year team who compete in the national finals of CANSAT in Birr Castle today, Friday 15th. The competition is run in conjunction with European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO), European Space Agency (ESA), Science Foundation Ireland (SFI), Cork Electronics Industry Association (CEIA) and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT).
Their mission is to place their project into a rocket, to measure air temperature, air pressure, humidity and soil temperature. While constantly receiving data back to a laptop and tracking their project via GPS as it returns safely back to Earth using a parachute they designed and made themselves.
Photos and videos of the event will be shared on the teams Facebook page and snapchat account.
Team Facebook page: m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1935534303337512
Snapchat username: can-struction
Please follow them today to help them in their mission.
Two transition year teams participated in the local GMIT regional Cansat final, with Team CAN-Struction being victorious on the day. They will now compete in the national finals in Birr on Friday April 15th. The competition is an Engineering-Science Technology Project run by the European Space Agency.The aim of the competition is to design and manufacture all the sub-systems of a satellite and fit the contents inside the volume of a coke can. Teams were required to measure air temperature, air pressure, air humidity, altitude, soil temperature once the satellite landed and transmit all the data wirelessly to a nearby laptop. Students were required to assemble the components together, programme them, and also design a parachute to allow for the safe return of the completed module once dropped from a height. Below is a short video of last years national final, to give you a brief outlay of the overall project. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EeUNIGFHCYQ
Congratulations to Team CAN-a-Bits (best video) and Team CAN-struction (most work done to date) who have succeeded in winning all categories of the preliminary round of the CANSAT competition hosted by GMIT.
CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for the students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume. The CanSat is then launched by a rocket or dropped from a platform or captive balloon and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.
CanSat offers a unique opportunity for students to have a practical experience of a real space project. They are responsible for all aspects: designing the CanSat, selecting its mission, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data.
Some of our first year students took part in the Call to Code 2015 today. Further details on this are available on https://code.org/learn
Scott Green Kiltevna, a Leaving Certificate in Dunmore Community School student is pictured with the book Wild Words. This book is produced by Leitrim Co. Council as part of Wild Words Book Festival for young people. Students from Ireland and the UK were invited to submit their stories for inclusion in the book. Scott was one of the students whose short story entitled ‘They’re Coming’ has been included in this year’s publication which is available from Amazon..