CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and University College Dublin’s EIRSAT-1 Team announce the winners of the Space Week 2018 ‘Design a Mission Patch’ Competition

CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and University College Dublin’s EIRSAT-1 Team announce the winners of the Space Week 2018 ‘Design a Mission Patch’ Competition

The overall winning design of the Space Week 2018 ‘Design a Mission Patch’ competition has been awarded to 6th class student Adrian Shestakovs of Scoil Spioraid Naoimh, Laytown, Co. Meath. The announcement, made during Science Week in association with Science Foundation Ireland, celebrates how science, technology, engineering, art and maths are creative endeavours that drive human curiosity and exploration. Runners-up were Kayleigh Swanser from St. Oliver’s National School, Ballylongford, Kerry and Matilda Castle Metlitski, St. Brigid’s National School, Glasnevin, Dublin 11.

 

The competition, marking the progress of the CubeSat ‘EIRSAT-1’ through the European Space Agency’s Education Office ‘Fly Your Satellite!’ program, invited primary school students during Space Week Ireland 2018 to design a “mission patch”. Since the earliest human endeavour to explore space, each mission has been given its own unique “mission patch”, an emblem which visually captures the aim and scope of the expedition.

Entries were received from schools throughout the country to Blackrock Castle Observatory (BCO) as part of their Space Week 2018 activities with University College Dublin. The competition was supported by a comic book resource developed by BCO and EIRSAT-1 teams to describe the importance of satellites in our daily lives.

The BCO and EIRSAT-1 judging panel was delighted to see themes such as environmentalism, our Irish heritage and the wonder of space exploration emerge in students’ creative efforts. EIRSAT-1 is part of a growing armada of spacecraft that are designed and built by schools and colleges, developments which students and teachers will be following in the years ahead. It’s an exciting time to be involved in the new satellite industry!

 

 

The panel commended Adrian Shestakov’s design for not only capturing the technical aspects of the CubeSat but in communicating these well in a visually creative way.  Several judges’ selections from 3rd, 4th 5th and 6th class categories were Highly Commended and also chosen to be exhibited alongside the winner and runners-up entries, in the EIRSAT-1 clean-room, where the satellite will be assembled.

Team EIRSAT-1 will link up to 6th class   at Scoil Spioraid Naoimh for a “Space Speaker in your Classroom” video chat. This Space Week programme gives class groups the chance to ask questions, learn about a career as a scientist and get to know some of Ireland’s most creative space explorers!

Thank you to all participating teachers and students in celebrating Space Week 2018 with us!

Judges selections came from students:

Kayleigh Swanser St. Oliver’s NS Ballylongford Kerry
Matilda Castle Metlitski St. Lukes NS  St Lukes Cork
Isabelle Cotter Scoil Bhride Eglantine Douglas Cork
Emily Ni Fhailbhe Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Tralee Kerry
Kate Foley St. Lukes N.S St. Lukes Cork
Rene Malley St. Lukes N.S St. Luke’s Cork
Aoibheann Ryan Milltown NS Tuam Galway
Ruby McGonnell St. Lukes St. Luke’s Cork
Sahra Murphy Milltown NS Tuam Galway
Patrick O’Shea St. Brigid’s NS Mart Lane, Foxrock Dublin 18
Ewan Mason St. Brigid’s NS Mart Lane, Foxrock Dublin 18
Tomas McBarron St. Brigid’s NS Mart Lane, Foxrock Dublin 18
Brian O’Riada & Eoghan O Dalaigh Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn Rath Ronain, Tralee Kerry
Ciara Healy St. Mary’s Central NS Killenaule, Thurles Tipperary
David Xie St. Mary’s Central NS Killenaule, Thurles Tipperary
Realtin Ginestrino Gaelscoil Riabhach Cois Móna, Loughrea Galway
Sarah Neville St. Oliver’s NS Ballylongford Kerry
Emily Austin St. Oliver’s NS Ballylongford Kerry
Christopher Michael John Higgins St. Oliver’s NS Ballylongford Kerry
Caoimhe O’Sullivan St. Oliver’s NS Ballylongford Kerry
Miah Daly St. Brigid’s NS Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin Dublin 11
Eve McDonald St. Brigid’s NS Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin Dublin 11
Samantha Kuizon St. Brigid’s NS Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin Dublin 11
Ruben Home Educated Buncranna Co. Donegal
Cormac Lynch Scoil an Spioraid Naoimh Laytown Meath
Fiona Viller, St. Brigid’s NS Old Finglas Road Dublin 11

 

Some selected designs here: