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European Astro Pi Challenge winners
In October last year, with the European Space Agency and CNES, we launched the first ever European Astro Pi challenge. We asked students from all across Europe to write code for the flight of French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Proxima mission. Today, we are very excited to announce the winners! First of all, though, we have a very special message from Thomas Pesquet himself, which comes all the way from space…
Thomas Pesquet congratulates Astro Pi participants from space French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet floats in to thank all participants in the European Astro Pi challenge. In October last year, together with the European Space Agency, we launched the first ever European Astro Pi challenge for the flight of French ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of mission Proxima.Thomas also recorded a video in French: you can click here to see it and to enjoy some more of his excellent microgravity acrobatics. A bit of background This year’s competition expands on our previous work with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake, in which, together with the UK Space Agency and ESA, we invited UK students to design software experiments to run on board the ISS. Astro Pi Vis (AKA Ed) on board the ISS. Image from ESA. In 2015, we built two space-hardened Raspberry Pi units, or Astro Pis, to act as the platform on which to run the students’ code. Affectionately nicknamed Ed and Izzy, the units were launched into space on an Atlas V rocket, arriving at the ISS a few days before Tim Peake. He had a great time running all of the programs, and the data collected was transmitted back to Earth so that the winners could analyse their results and share them with the public. The European challenge provides the opportunity to design code to be run in space to school students from every ESA member country. To support the participants, we worked with ESA and CPC to design, manufacture, and distribute several hundred free Astro Pi activity kits to the teams who registered. Further support for teachers was provided in the form of three live webinars, a demonstration video, and numerous free educational resources. The Astro Pi activity kit used by participants in the European challenge. The challenge Thomas Pesquet assigned two missions to the teams:
- A primary mission, for which teams needed to write code to detect when the crew are working in the Columbus module near the Astro Pi units.
- A secondary mission, for which teams needed to come up with their own scientific investigation and write the code to execute it.
- @stroteam, Institut de Genech, Hauts-de-France
- Wierzbinski, École à la maison, Occitanie
- Les Marsilyens, École J. M. Marsily, PACA
- MauriacSpaceCoders, Lycée François Mauriac, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
- Ici-bas, École de Saint-André d’Embrun, PACA
- Les Astrollinaires, Lycée général et technologique Guillaume Apollinaire, PACA
- Highly Commended
- ALTAÏR, Lycée Albert Claveille, Nouvelle Aquitaine
- GalaXess Reloaded, Lycée Saint-Cricq, Nouvelle Aquitaine
- Les CM de Neffiès, École Louis Authie, Occitanie
- Équipe Sciences, Collège Léonce Bourliaguet, Nouvelle Aquitaine
- Maurois ICN, Lycée André Maurois, Normandie
- Space Project SP4, Lycée Saint-Paul IV, Île de la Réunion
- 4eme2 Gymnase Jean Sturm, Gymnase Jean Sturm, Grand Est
- Astro Pascal dans les étoiles, École Pascal, Île-de-France
- les-4mis, EREA Alexandre Vialatte, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
- Space Cavenne Oddity, École Cavenne, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
- Luanda for Space, Lycée Français de Luanda, Angola (Note: this is a French international school and the team members have French nationality/citizenship)
- François Detrille, Lycée Langevin-Wallon, Île-de-France
- Delta, TALOS ed-UTH-robotix, Magnesia
- Weightless Mass, Intercultural Junior High School of Evosmos, Macedonia
- 49th Astro Pi Teamwork, 49th Elementary School of Patras, Achaia
- Astro Travellers, 12th Primary School of Petroupolis, Attiki
- GKGF-1, Gymnasium of Kanithos, Sterea Ellada
- Highly Commended
- AstroShot, Lixouri High School, Kefalonia
- Salamina Rockets Pi, 1st Senior High School of Salamina, Attiki
- The four Astro-fans, 6th Gymnasio of Veria, Macedonia
- Samians, 2nd Gymnasio Samou, North Eastern Aegean
- Madeley Ad Astra, Madeley Academy, Shropshire
- Team Dexterity, Dyffryn Taf School, Carmarthenshire
- The Kepler Kids, St Nicolas C of E Junior School, Berkshire
- Catterline Pi Bugs, Catterline Primary, Aberdeenshire
- smileyPi, Westminster School, London
- Highly Commended
- South London Raspberry Jam, South London Raspberry Jam, London
- Garibaldini, Istituto Comprensivo Rapisardi-Garibaldi, Sicilia
- Buzz, IIS Verona-Trento, Sicilia
- Water warmers, Liceo Scientifico Galileo Galilei, Abruzzo
- Juvara/Einaudi Siracusa, IIS L. Einaudi, Sicilia
- AstroTeam, IIS Arimondi-Eula, Piemonte
- Birnam, Zespół Szkoły i Gimnazjum im. W. Orkana w Niedźwiedziu, Malopolska
- TechnoZONE, Zespół Szkół nr 2 im. Eugeniusza Kwiatkowskiego, Podkarpacie
- DeltaV, Gimnazjum nr 49, Województwo śląskie
- The Safety Crew, MZS Gimnazjum nr 1, Województwo śląskie
- Warriors, Zespół Szkół Miejskich nr 3 w Jaśle, Podkarpackie
- Highly Commended
- The Young Cuiavian Astronomers, Gimnazjum im. Stefana Kardynała Wyszyńskiego w Piotrkowie Kujawskim, Kujawsko-pomorskie
- AstroLeszczynPi, I Liceum Ogolnokształcace w Jasle im. Krola Stanislawa Leszczynskiego, Podkarpackie
- Sampaionautas, Escola Secundária de Sampaio, Setúbal
- Labutes Pi, Escola Secundária D. João II, Setúbal
- AgroSpace Makers, EB 2/3 D. Afonso Henriques, Cávado
- Zero Gravity, EB 2/3 D. Afonso Henriques, Cávado
- Lua, Agrupamento de Escolas José Belchior Viegas, Algarve
- AstroVianu, Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science, Bucharest
- MiBus Researchers, Mihai Busuioc High School, Iași
- Cosmos Dreams, Nicolae Balcescu High School, Cluj
- Carmen Sylva Astro Pi, Liceul Teoretic Carmen Sylva Eforie, Constanța
- Stargazers, Tudor Vianu National High School of Computer Science, Bucharest
- Papaya, IES Sopela, Vizcaya
- Salesianos-Ubeda, Salesianos Santo Domingo Savio, Andalusia
- Valdespartans, IES Valdespartera, Aragón
- Ins Terrassa, Institut Terrassa, Cataluña
- Moonty1, Mayfield Community School, Cork
- BSC Behringersdorf Space Center, Labenwolf-Gymnasium, Bayern
- Skedsmo Kodeklubb, Kjeller Skole, Akershus
- UltimaSpace, Mihaly Tancsics Grammar School of Kaposvár, Somogy
- Lambda Voyager, Stedelijke Humaniora Dilsen, Limburg
- Because some countries did not have teams participating in the challenge.
- Either because those countries had fewer than five teams qualifying for space flight, or because they had fewer than five teams participating in the challenge.
- After your code has run on the ISS, we will download any files you created and they will be emailed to your teacher.
Get wordy with our free resources
Here at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, we take great pride in the wonderful free resources we produce for you to use in classes, at home and in coding clubs. We publish them under a Creative Commons licence, and they’re an excellent way to develop your digital-making skills. With yesterday being World Poetry Day (I’m a day late to the party. Shhh), I thought I’d share some wordy-themed [wordy-themed? Are you sure? – Ed] resources for you all to have a play with. Shakespearean Insult Generator Have you ever found yourself lost for words just when the moment calls for your best comeback? With the Shakespearean Insult Generator, your mumbled retorts to life’s awkward situations will have the lyrical flow of our nation’s most beloved bard. Thou sodden-witted lord! Thou hast no more brain than I have in mine elbows! Not only will the generator provide you with hours of potty-mouthed fun, it’ll also teach you how to read and write data in CSV format using Python, how to manipulate lists, and how to choose a random item from a list. Talk like a Pirate Ye’ll never be forced t’walk the plank once ye learn how to talk like a scurvy ol’ pirate… yaaaarrrgh! The Talk like a Pirate speech generator teaches you how to use jQuery to cause live updates on a web page, how to write regular expressions to match patterns and words, and how to create a web page to input text and output results. Once you’ve mastered those skills, you can use them to create other speech generators. How about a speech generator that turns certain words into their slang counterparts? Or one that changes words into txt speak – laugh into LOL, and see you into CU? Secret Agent Chat So you’ve already mastered insults via list manipulation and random choice, and you’ve converted words into hilarious variations through matching word patterns and input/output. What’s next? The Secret Agent Chat resource shows you how random numbers can be used to encrypt messages, how iteration can be used to encrypt individual characters, and, to make sure nobody cracks your codes, the importance of keeping your keys secret. And with these new skills under your belt, you can write and encrypt messages between you and your friends, ensuring that nobody will be able to read your secrets. Unlocking your transferable skill set One of the great things about building projects like these is the way it expands your transferable skill set. When you complete a project using one of our resources, you gain abilities that can be transferred to other projects and situations. You might never need to use a ‘Talk like a Pirate’ speech generator, but you might need to create a way to detect and alter certain word patterns in a document. And while you might be able to coin your own colourful insults, making the Shakespearean Insult Generator gives you the ability to select words from lists at random, allowing you to write a program that picks names to create sports or quiz teams without bias. All of our resources are available for free on our website, and we continually update them to offer you more opportunities to work on your skills, whatever your age and experience. Have you built anything from our resources? Let us know in the comments. The post Get wordy with our free resources appeared first on Raspberry Pi.
Zelda-inspired ocarina-controlled home automation
Allen Pan has wired up his home automation system to be controlled by memorable tunes from the classic Zelda franchise.
Zelda Ocarina Controlled Home Automation – Zelda: Ocarina of Time | Sufficiently Advanced With Zelda: Breath of the Wild out on the Nintendo Switch, I made a home automation system based off the Zelda series using the ocarina from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Help Me Make More Awesome Stuff! https://www.patreon.com/sufficientlyadvanced Subscribe! http://goo.gl/xZvS5s Follow Sufficiently Advanced!Listen! Released in 1998, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is the best game ever is still an iconic entry in the retro gaming history books. Very few games have stuck with me in the same way Ocarina has, and I think it’s fair to say that, with the continued success of the Zelda franchise, I’m not the only one who has a special place in their heart for Link, particularly in this musical outing. Thanks to Cynosure Gaming‘s Ocarina of Time review for the image. Allen, or Sufficiently Advanced, as his YouTube subscribers know him, has used a Raspberry Pi to detect and recognise key tunes from the game, with each tune being linked (geddit?) to a specific task. By playing Zelda’s Lullaby (E, G, D, E, G, D), for instance, Allen can lock or unlock the door to his house. Other tunes have different functions: Epona’s Song unlocks the car (for Ocarina noobs, Epona is Link’s horse sidekick throughout most of the game), and Minuet of Forest waters the plants. So how does it work? It’s a fairly simple setup based around note recognition. When certain notes are played in a specific sequence, the Raspberry Pi detects the tune via a microphone within the Amazon Echo-inspired body of the build, and triggers the action related to the specific task. The small speaker you can see in the video plays a confirmation tune, again taken from the video game, to show that the task has been completed. As for the tasks themselves, Allen has built a small controller for each action, whether it be a piece of wood that presses down on his car key, a servomotor that adjusts the ambient temperature, or a water pump to hydrate his plants. Each controller has its own small ESP8266 wireless connectivity module that links back to the wireless-enabled Raspberry Pi, cutting down on the need for a ton of wires about the home. And yes, before anybody says it, we’re sure that Allen is aware that using tone recognition is not the safest means of locking and unlocking your home. This is just for fun. Do-it-yourself home automation While we don’t necessarily expect everyone to brush up on their ocarina skills and build their own Zelda-inspired home automation system, the idea of using something other than voice or text commands to control home appliances is a fun one. You could use facial recognition at the door to start the kettle boiling, or the detection of certain gasses to – ahem!– spray an air freshener. We love to see what you all get up to with the Raspberry Pi. Have you built your own home automation system controlled by something other than your voice? Share it in the comments below. The post Zelda-inspired ocarina-controlled home automation appeared first on Raspberry Pi.
JavaWatch automated coffee replenishment system
With the JavaWatch system from Terren Peterson, there’s (Raspberry Pi) ZERO reason for you ever to run out of coffee beans again! By utilising many of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) available to budding developers, Terren was able to create a Pi Zero-powered image detection unit. Using the Raspberry Pi Camera Module to keep tabs on your coffee bean storage, it automatically orders a fresh batch of java when supplies are running low.
JavaWatch Sales Pitch Introducing JavaWatch, the amazing device that monitors your coffee bean supply and refills from Amazon.com.Coffee: quite possibly powering Pi Towers’ success Here at Pi Towers, it’s safe to say that the vast majority of staff members run on high levels of caffeine. In fact, despite hitting ten million Pi boards sold last October, sending two Astro Pi units to space, documenting over 5,000 Code Clubs in the UK, and multiple other impressive achievements, the greatest accomplishment of the Pi Towers team is probably the acquisition of a new all-singing, all-dancing coffee machine for the kitchen. For, if nothing else, it has increased the constant flow of caffeine into the engineers…and that’s always a positive thing, right? Here are some glamour shots of the beautiful beast: Anyway, back to JavaWatch Terren uses the same technology that can be found in an Amazon Dash button, replacing the ‘button-press’ stimulus with image recognition to trigger a purchase request. Going with the JavaWatch flow… Image from Terren’s hackster.io project page. “The service was straightforward to get working,” Terren explains on his freeCodeCamp blog post. “The Raspberry Pi Camera Module captures and uploads photos at preset intervals to S3, the object-based storage service by AWS.” The data is used to calculate the amount of coffee beans in stock. For example, the jar in the following image is registered at 73% full: It could also be 27% empty, depending on your general outlook on life. A second photo, where the beans take up a mere 15% or so of the jar, registers no beans. As a result, JavaWatch orders more via a small website created specifically for the task, just like pressing a Dash button.
JavaWatch DRS Demo Demonstration of DRS Capabilities with a project called JavaWatch. This orders coffee beans when the container runs empty.Terren won second place in hackster.io’s Amazon DRS Developer Challenge for JavaWatch. If you are in need of regular and reliable caffeine infusions, you can find more information on the build, including Terren’s code, on his project page. The post JavaWatch automated coffee replenishment system appeared first on Raspberry Pi.
NeoPixel Temperature Stair Lights
Following a post-Christmas decision to keep illuminated decorations on her stairway bannister throughout the year, Lorraine Underwood found a new purpose for a strip of NeoPixels she had lying around.
Lorraine Underwood on Twitter Changed the stair lights from a string to a strip & they look awesome! #neopixel #raspberrypi https://t.co/dksLwy1SE1Simply running the lights up the stairs, blinking and flashing to a random code, wasn’t enough for her. By using an API to check the outdoor weather, Lorraine’s lights went from decorative to informative: they now give an indication of outside weather conditions through their colour and the quantity illuminated. “The idea is that more lights will light up as it gets warmer,” Lorraine explains. “The temperature is checked every five minutes (I think that may even be a little too often). I am looking forward to walking downstairs to a nice warm yellow light instead of the current blue!” In total, Lorraine had 240 lights in the strip; she created a chart indicating a range of outside temperatures and the quantity of lights which for each value, as well as specifying the colour of those lights, running from chilly blue through to scorching red. Oh, Lorraine! We love your optimistic dreams of the British summer being more than its usual rainy 16 Celsius… The lights are controlled by a Raspberry Pi Zero running a code that can be found on Lorraine’s blog. The code dictates which lights are lit and when. “Do I need a coat today? I’ll check the stairs.” Lorraine is planning some future additions to the build, including a toddler-proof 3D housing, powering the Zero from the lights’ power supply, and gathering her own temperature data instead of relying on a third-party API. While gathering the temperature data from outside her house, she may also want to look into building an entire weather station, collecting extra data on rain, humidity, and wind conditions. After all, this is the UK: just because it’s hot outside, it doesn’t mean it’s not also raining. The post NeoPixel Temperature Stair Lights appeared first on Raspberry Pi.
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