The MGGS Computing Hub welcomed teachers from all over England to participate in a CanSat workshop on 4th and 5th October. The CanSat competition is run by the European Space Agency and provides students with the opportunity to have practical experience working on a small-scale space project. They are tasked with designing and building their own simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drink can. The challenge for students is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this minimal volume.
After building their CanSat teams will be invited to launch events across the UK to launch their CanSats on small rockets, with their CanSats returning to Earth using a parachute designed by the students. During the two-day workshop, the teachers had an opportunity to build their programming knowledge and their own CanSats supported by the Computing Hub team and engineers from ESA and STEM Learning.
Good luck to all the teachers and their teams who are now busy preparing their CanSats for the first stage of the competition. Find out more about their progress here: