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Mission Space Lab Guidelines

Everything you need to know to create an experiment idea for Mission Space Lab.

Phase 2: Create

13 November 2020 - 12 February 2021

In Phase 2, your team will write the program for the experiment you have proposed, and then test and submit it. These are the steps involved:

1. Acceptance to Phase 2

You will receive an email confirming your acceptance to Phase 2 of the challenge by 13 November. You will also receive a team ID for your team.

2. Receive your kit

We will send an Astro Pi kit for your school or club to the address you provided in your Phase 1 submission. This kit will contain the same hardware that is included in the Astro Pi units on board the ISS, except that your kit will contain newer, more powerful versions of the Raspberry Pi computer and Raspberry Pi Camera Module than those on the ISS (and will not include a special space-hardened case).

You should bear these differences in mind when designing your experiment, and refer to the program checklist and Mission Space Lab Phase 2 guide for more detailed information.

3. Create your experiment

Check out our comprehensive Mission Space Lab Phase 2 project guide for help with assembling your kit, and writing and testing your experiment program. This guide also includes essential information on what is and isn’t possible with the Astro Pi hardware and software.

For more detailed information on the Astro Pi hardware and how best to use it, take a look at our equipment resources.

Mission Space Lab Phase 2 project guide

Collaboration during the coronavirus pandemic

We understand that restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic may negatively impact teams being able to get together to work with their Astro Pi kit. To help teams lead these sessions online and collaborate remotely, we have created lesson plan templates for your sessions.

First Session Plan

Ongoing Sessions Plan

When collaborating remotely with your team, it is important to ensure that you enforce solid child safeguarding policies and procedures, as well as comply with all local laws.

We recommend following the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s safeguarding guidelines and best practices.


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