In school year 2016-2017, the 7th edition of the ASGARD project will take place. 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 VII 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.
This video explains the project in 6 minutes. You can choose English, Dutch or French subtitles.
1-15 September 2016: Project call. Information will be spread by email and on the internet (esero.be and our Facebookpage), and schools are invited to participate.
NEW: for 2017 there is an updated overview of all the essentials of the project, explained and illustrated:
11th November 2016: Your proposal should be sent to us. Use the submission form below (also contains the emailaddress to send it to).
December 2016: Selection of participating teams by the jury. We want to accept 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.
Schools that get selected, will get this news before the start of christmas holidays.
Until April, 17th, 2017 : 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).
19-20-21 April 2017: 3 project days and launch in Brussels.
What happens on the project days? Have a look at the complete program of ASGARD VI (2016) and practical details for secondary schools here. Mind that the 2017 program can be different! it will be sended to the participating schools in April 2017.
Tuesday, April 18th: The team arrive in the shared hotel in Brussels in the evening.
Wednesday, April 19th: 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. 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, April 20th: 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, April 21st: Presentation of first results in the Planetarium. and ‘goodbye lunch’.
- Teams from any secondary school, no age or geographical limit.
1 team = max 5 students + 1 teacher.
- 2 teams from Belgian primary schools are allowed, instructions for them is on a different (Flemish/French) page.
What is provided, what not?
We offer (when you get selected):
- 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.
- Free night accomodation from Thuesday evening (April 18th) till Friday afternoon (April 21st) in Hello Hostel.
What you need to provide yourself:
- Transport to/from and in Brussels (all locations are easy to access with the Brussels public transport).
- Breakfasts and diners (mornings, evenings)
- 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 2016.
- 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 ASGARD community facebookpage: ASGARD VII on Facebook
Examples of experiments
- Have a look at the overview of experiments that were selected for the ASGARD flight of 2017.
- 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.
- All teams should deliver a ‘scientific poster’ presenting their experiment before May 31st. 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,
Please, include this logo on your poster :
Participants can download practical information here.