The space station rewards the invention of middle school students: signed by Samantha Cristoforetti

SEDICO – There is a bit of genius and creativity in the guys from Sedico Space station which in recent weeks takes the Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti. In particular in the space around us, there are some “programs” created by the students of class 3C of Sedico Middle School, which have been approved and implemented by the International Space Station (ISS) and signed by Cristoforetti himself. To prove this, they arrived at the school office i Certificates sent by the International Space Station signed, in fact, by Samantha Cristoforetti.
“It was very gratifying news,” they commented on the Comprehensive Institute of Sedico-Sospirolo, which, as part of the Fabschool 2020, precisely participated in the project Zero of the project Astro Pi Challenge promoted by ESA. Last school year, the Sedico complex activated two FabSchool rooms, one in the primary school and one in the middle school in Sedico. But, what is it about? FabSchool is a systems project that aims to “prototype an innovative and replicated training system to stimulate skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, to increase the link between school and work”.
“We are connected FabSchool – explains the teacher Lucia Fratturelli – because we believe in the possibility of building a new school that looks to the future and thinks of accepting students who are destined for a world that we do not yet know, but that we know, will be different from ours “. During the year, two experiential training workshops were set up, focusing on the skills needs of the local labor market: BugsHotel, supported by UniFarco, in Primary and AstroPI Mission Zero, a European challenge organized by Raspberry Pi and Esa, in the Middle Ages. And this last project is the one that got recognition last week.
The boys of the Class 3Cunder the supervision of Fabio Da Rolt by FabLab Dolomiti and Mariella Zoppa, the Curricular for Mathematics and Science, first learned the programming language, from block language to Python, Through experiences with MakeCode with micro: bit programmable cards. Then, thanks to AstroPI Mission Zero, they took the extraordinary opportunity to conduct scientific investigations into space, write applications to run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Mission Zero – explains teacher Cristina Valerio, project manager for the school, and the Vicar Manuela de Toffol – offers participants up to 19 years the opportunity to execute their code on the ISS. Our kids have written a simple program to show a message and the humidity on one Astro Pi Computerso that the astronauts can read them while performing their daily tasks on the ISS ».
The mission is accomplished. To prove this, the certificates sent by the International Space Station, signed by Samantha Cristoforetti, arrived at the school office. “We really read the messages that the young people sent to the astronauts on the ISS – they wrote the promoters of Mission Zerounderlines the record participation of 16,869 youth teams from 26 countries – and their fantastic use of the Astro Pi Led Matrix can be seen ».


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