In school year 2015-2016, the 6th edition of the ASGARD project is running. All schools over the world can participate, also yours !
Student teams think of their own scientific experiment to send to the stratosphere (near-space) with the ASGARD stratospheric balloon. The conditions are similar to being on the surface of Mars. Teams whose proposals are selected by the jury, can then build their experiment for real, and launch it in Brussels.
1st September 2015: Project call. An article about the project is spread by email and on the internet. In this article, schools are invited to participate. Here you can find the English article (also available in Dutch and French).
11th November 2015: Your proposal should be sent. Use the submission form below (also contains the emailaddress to send it to).
1st December 2015: Selection of participating teams by the jury. We want to accepts as many teams as possible, but the number is limited by the total mass that can fly, and also by the number of people that can be received in the scientific institutes.
Until 18th April 2016 : Teams build their experiment and test it. Provisory reports are requested to follow up the necessary progress in each team. To assure the flight readiness of your experiment, you can send content questions to Erik during the whole process of building and testing. Finally, you have to deliver the finished experiment at the organisation (ESERO, Avenue Bouchout 10, 1020 Brussels) 10 days before launch, together with the report of positive testing of hardware and software (if relevant).
27-29th April 2016: 3 project days.
Complete program and practical details for secondary schools here.
Wednesday 27th April : All secondary school teams present their experiment to the others (10 minutes per team) in the Planetarium of Brussels. This has to be in English, as the group of participants is international. A space lecture is given by prof. Stefan Poedts (KUL). In the afternoon all the experiments have to be assembled in the balloon box (gondola). The assembling and integrating will be supervised by Erik.
Thursday 28th April: Launch on the ‘plateau of Uccle’. Workshops and guided visits to the Meteorological Institute, the Royal Observatory, the Space Aeronomie Institute and the Solar Physics. A space lecture is given by former Belgian astronaut Dirk Frimout. The gondola with the experiments will be recovered after descend in the afternoon.
Friday 29th April: Presentation of first results in the Planetarium. and ‘goodbye pizza lunch’.
- Teams from any secondary school, no age or geographical limit.
1 team = max 5 students + 1 teacher.
What is provided, what not?
- Technical support for teams: Erik supports the teams as a helpdesk when they encounter difficulties or questions while building their experiments. Follow up of the proces is assured by the obligatory provisory reports at well defined moments.
- 3 days program in April in Brussels (see above), including the launch of the stratospheric balloon. Lunches and non-alcoholic drinks are offered during these days.
- An Arduino Starters Kit for 50 euros (microprocessor and accessoires). If you buy an Arduino Starters Kit before November 11th, and your proposal gets selected by the jury, the 50 euros is reimbursed. However, when you didn’t buy the kit before Nov 11th, you will not get one for free, even if your proposal is selcted to fly. Contact ESERO if interested.
What you need to provide yourself:
- Transport to/from and accomodation in Brussels.
- Materials and anything else you need to build your experiment.
- Write a proposal using the submission form. Your proposal should be sent by email before 11th November 2015.
- Many questions about materials, methods and the flight parameters? A lot of background information is to be found in the manual (version 2014): 201406 Manuel ASGARD_1.5
- Also have a look at the project facebookpage: ASGARD on Facebook
Examples of experiments
- Have look at the experiments that were selected for the ASGARD flight of 2016.
After the flight
- All teams are asked to fill in the evaluation form before May 31st, 2016.
- All teams should deliver a ‘scientific poster’ presenting their experiment before May 31st, 2016. To guide you, we made a general poster illustrating how it could look like. It contains all the content instructions you need. The size and the layout are completely free to choose. You don’t have to follow the example below for visual appearance,