In recent weeks ESA has been actively promoting a series of activities addressing the younger generation, in a concerted effort to stimulate their interest in space and involve as many young Europeans as possible in the Agency's activities.
To celebrate the launch of ESA's XMM x-ray telescope in December, for instance, two competitions for European schools were announced in September : "Draw me a Telescope" and "What's new Mr Galileo ?"
Draw me a Telescope
This competition was open to schoolchildren aged 8 to 12, from schools in the 14 ESA member states. Classes got together to produce a drawing of a telescope. Out of over 350 entries received in the month the competition was running, one per member state was selected, and will be included in the official XMM logo. This logo will be displayed for the first time on the fairing of the Ariane-5 rocket on the day it launches the XMM spacecraft. ESA is inviting one child per country, representing the winning class, to French Guiana to see the launch.
The winners belong to the following schools:
AUSTRIA : Bundesgymnasium, Biondekgasse 6, A-2500-Baden bei Wien
BELGIUM : Gesubsideerde Vrije Basisschool, Sint-Lodewijkscollege,Ezelstraat 86, B-8000- Brugge
DENMARK : Nordstrandsskolen, Ålegårdsvænget 23, DK-2791-Dragor
FINLAND: Mäntysalon Koulu, Havumäen Tie 7, FIN-01820-Klaukkala
FRANCE : Ecole du Vieil Orme, 110, rue du Vieil Orme, F-78120-Rambouillet
GERMANY: Gerhart Hauptmann Schule, Goethestrasse 99, D-54347-Griesheim
ITALY: Class 4C, Scuola Elementare "5 giornate", Viale Mugello, 5 - I-20137-Milano
IRELAND : North Dublin National School Project, Church Avenue, Classnevin, Dublin 9
NORWAY : School class 6A, Kringsjå skole, Sognsveien 218, N-0864-Oslo
THE NETHERLANDS : International School of Amsterdam, P.O. Box 980, NL-1180-AX -Amstelveen
SPAIN: 6A Primaria, Colexio Apóstol Santiago (Jesuitas-Vigo), Calle Sanjurjo Badia no. 79, E-Vigo
SWEDEN: Hubertusgården, Class 3, Spårsnögatan 66, S-226 52-Lund
SWITZERLAND: Ecole Primaire de La Roche, Classe 4 P, CH-1634-La Roche
UNITED KINGDOM: Class 6G-23, The School of St. Helen and St. Katherine Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 1BE
What's new Mr Galileo ?
Open to youngsters aged 13 to 15. Classes had to write in English, the international language of space, a one-page vision of astronomy and its benefits for humanity. In one month ESA received and assessed over 100 essays. The winning classes, one per member state, will be invited to Kourou to visit the Guiana Space Centre, Europe's spaceport, to witness first-hand the final preparations for the XMM launch.
And the winning classes are :
AUSTRIA: Bundesrealgymnasium, Keplerstrasse 1, A-8020-Graz
BELGIUM: Lycée Emile Jacqmain, Rue Belliard 135A, 1040-Bruxelles
FINLAND: Helsingin Suomalainen Yhteiskoulu, Issonnevantie 8, FIN-00320- Helsinki
FRANCE : Collège Buffon, 16, boulevard Pasteur, F-75015- Paris
GERMANY: Ignaz Kögler Gymnasium, Lechstrasse 6, D-86899-Landsberg A. Lech
ITALY: Istituto Michelangelo Buonarroti, Via Seminario, 12, I-37122- Verona
IRELAND: Malahide Community School, Dublin
NORWAY: Enebakk Ungdomsskole N-1912- Enebakk
SPAIN: Colegio El Ave Maria, Calle Campamento 55, E-46035-Benimamet (Valencia)
SWEDEN: Hökarängsskolan, Fagersjövägen 18, S-123 58-Farsta
SWITZERLAND: Cycle d'Orientation du Gibloux, Farvagny
THE NETHERLANDS: Niftarlake College, Pauwenkamp 151, NL-3607-GK-Maarssen
UNITED KINGDOM: Haggerston School for Girls, Weymouth Terrace, Shoreditch, London E2 8LS
Over 450 university students in Amsterdam
Between 4 and 8 October, at ESA's invitation, 463 university students from all over Europe attended the 50th IAF (International Astronautical Federation) congress, in Amsterdam, alongside over 2000 space experts, scientists, engineers and managers. For the first time, a significant number of students were given the opportunity to follow the various sessions and to exchange views and ideas with experts from all over the world.
The interest and enthusiasm the students demonstrated throughout the congress were rewarded with a prize draw at a special student social event. Prizes were drawn by ESA's Director General, Antonio Rodotà, who also gave a keynote address to the students. Third prize was a special Internet account, second prize a trip to Kourou to witness an Ariane launch, and first prize a trip to Rio de Janeiro to attend the 51st IAF congress next year.
The lucky winners were:
Luigi Adamo, University of Palermo, Italy - 3rd prize
Joost van Leeuwen, TU Delft, the Netherlands, 3rd prize
Wouter Jonker, TU Delft, the Netherlands, 3rd prize
Mario Roberto Carraro, University of Bologna, Italy, 3rd prize
Raffaele de Amicis, University of Bologna, Italy, 3rd prize
Charly Pache, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, 2nd prize
Erik Wouters, TU Munich, Germany, 1st prize
Stephan Ullmann, TU Munich, Germany, 1st prize
A true success story
The 50th IAF Congress also saw the presentation of prizes to the winners of another contest launched by ESA several months ago (November 1998). Dubbed SUCCESS (for Space Station Utilisation Contest Calling for European Students' IdeaS), the contest was designed to introduce students and their ideas to space and non-space industries to stimulate potential for future industrial research and technology development on the International Space Station.
ESA received 103 experiment proposals from 126 students, in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom, spanning the fields of technology, life sciences, physics, materials science, and Earth observation.
Under the aegis of ESA's Director for Manned Spaceflight and Microgravity programmes, Jörg Feustel-Büechl, prizes were awarded to:
1st prize : José Mariano López-Urdiales, Fernando Mancebo-Ordóñez, Daniel Meizoso-Latova and Pablo Valls-Moldenhauer, Instituto Universitario "Ignacio da Riva", Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
2nd prize - Paolo Ariaudo, Università degli Studi di Napoli "Federico II", Italy.
3rd prize - Alexander Roger and Anna Glennmar, University of Glasgow, UK.
The Spanish students will each be granted a 3-month fellowship at ESA's research and technology centre ESTEC, to work on their experiments and get ready to test them on a parabolic flight campaign. The Italian student won a laptop computer, while the British students will be able to choose a trip to either KSC to attend a Shuttle launch or to Kourou to witness an Ariane launch.
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