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ESA / Education / CanSat
  1. Check the eligibility of your team.
  2. Read carefully the 2020 European CanSat Competition Guidelines.
  3. Check if there is a national competition held in your country. If there is, apply to the CanSat competition through your local organiser.
  4. If there is no national competition in your country, complete the registration form.

In order for a student team to be accepted in the European competition the following conditions have to be fulfilled:

In order for a student team to be accepted in the European competition the following conditions have to be fulfilled:

1. Each student team shall comprise a minimum of 4 (required1) up to a maximum of 6 students (aged 14 - 20) resident in an ESA Member State or Associate State2, respecting one of the following conditions:

   a) Team of students enrolled full-time in a secondary school.
   b) Team of students in home schooling condition (certified by the National Ministry of Education or delegated authority).
   c) Team of members of a social club enrolled full-time in a secondary school.

2. At least 50% of the students included in a team must be nationals of an ESA Member or Associate State.

3. University/higher education students cannot participate in this competition.

4. Each team needs to be supervised by a teacher or mentor (Team Leader) responsible for monitoring the team’s technical progress, offering help and advice, and acting as the team’s point of contact with ESA’s Education Office. The Team Leader must be available to accompany the team to the competition launch campaign.

5. If your school or country requires that more than one teacher/mentor accompanies the students, the participating team needs to submit evidence of this. However, the total amount of participants must not exceed seven people (e.g. maximum of 6 students + 1 teacher or 5 students + 2 teachers) due to capacity limitations.

6. It is forbidden for a team to participate in the European CanSat competition more than once, with the exception of the teacher/mentor and up to one student from the former team.

1minimum of students per team is required in order to guarantee proper team interaction and collaboration.

2 ESA Member States in 2019: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,    Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom.

ESA Associate States in 2019: Canada, Slovenia. In the framework of the current collaboration agreement between ESA and the Republic of Malta, teams from Malta can also participate in the European CanSat Competition as guest competitors. Teams from other countries may also participate in the European CanSat Competition as guest competitors if approved by ESA. See Annex 1.