I made a post about this Raspberry Pi focused project A Raspberry Pi project for childhood Educators...that doesn't cost a dime. and received some positive feedback. The event is open for another year. Maybe someone in the community is interested in participating.


There are two challenges for Astro Pi, ranging in length and complexity: Mission Zero and Mission Space Lab. Young people can participate in one or both.

In Mission Zero, young people write a simple Python program that takes a sensor reading and displays a message on the LED screen. This year, participation in Mission Zero also gives you the opportunity to vote for the names of the two new Astro Pi computers.


Taking part takes around an hour, and Mission Zero is open to anyone aged 7–19 years old who meets the eligibility criteria. Every eligible entry is guaranteed to run on board the ISS, and participants will receive an official certificate with the exact time and location of the ISS when their program ran. To find out more about Mission Zero:


Mission Zero opens today September 13, 2021 and runs until 18 March 2022.


Mission Space Lab is for teams of young people who want to run their own scientific experiment on the Astro Pi units on board the ISS. It runs over eight months in four phases, from idea registration to data analysis.


Have a look at the results in the link at the bottom, for last years amazing examples of what teams investigated. The new Astro Pi computers offer exciting new ways of investigating life in space and on Earth. We can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with.


Find out more about Mission Space Lab


To start, Mission Space Lab team mentors just need to send us their team's experiment idea by 29 October 2021.


The computer club individual I mentored completed Mission Zero last year. From my experience, I would recommend the learning exercise to educators.


Last years project results are posted here.