Code Club Canada - Astro Pi makes its way to Canada for the first time!

Bry LeBlanc
01 November 2017

Exciting news: for the first time, kids across Canada are invited by the European Space Agency (ESA) to launch their code into space with Astro Pi's Mission Zero! Astro Pi is an annual science and coding competition by the Raspberry Pi Foundation where student-written code is run on the International Space Station (ISS) for 30 seconds.

To celebrate, Code Club Canada (a project by Kids Code Jeunesse) is hosting free Python Sense-HAT workshops for kids aged 10 to 12 across the country. These workshops are taking place in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Waterloo, Edmonton, Vancouver, and Sudbury. This means you can be one of the first Canadian children to have your code in space!

For more info and to register for one of these workshops, visit http://codeclub.ca/events.html

The submitted projects will contribute to the daily routine of the International Space Station by measuring the ambient air temperature and displaying a personal message on the Astro Pi. Each team will receive a certificate stating the date and time their code was executed on the ISS.

To take part in Astro Pi, kids have to work in teams of 2 or more. No one can work alone, so bring a friend! Parents must register two kids per ticket and bring proof of registration to the event, but they themselves do not require a ticket to enter the workshop. All workshops will be open to 10 teams in total. Each team has to complete their project by the end of the workshop for submission to Astro Pi. Space is limited, so register early, mark your calendar, and prepare for liftoff!