Belvedere College and St. Columba’s College Win CanSat Regional Final

Members of the Belvedere College CanSat Team at the launch Site in Portlaoise


 Teams of transition year students from across Leinster designed, built and launched mini-satellites made in the shape of soft drink cans at the CanSat Ireland Leinster Final held at Limetree Airfield, Portlaoise and Dublin Institute of Technology, Kevin Street.  The CanSat Ireland events are managed by ESERO (European Space Education Resource Office) and CEIA (Cork Electronics Industry Association).

A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite in the size and shape volume of a soft drink can and is a European Space Agency initiative designed to inspire young people to pursue a career in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, with the ultimate goal of ensuring the availability of a highly qualified workforce in the space industry of the future.  Teams from Belvedere College and St. Columba’s College were announced as the winners at the 2017 CanSat Ireland Regional  Final and go forward to the National CanSat Final which takes place in Emo, Portlaoise on the 27th and 28th April 2017.

 St Columba's College will now represent Leinster at the CanSat All Ireland Finals



Speaking at the event said Dr. Eamon Connolly, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Promotion Officer, CEIA – Cork’s Technology Network – said: “CanSat is a unique space project that simulates a real satellite which fits into the volume of a soft drinks can – students launch their own satellite and get first-hand practical experience of a real space project. This initiative is designed to encourage and excite transition year students as to the possibilities of a career in science and engineering.”

Each team has to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite into a soft-drink can sized CanSat including power, sensors and communications, as well as providing a parachute to ensure the can had a gentle landing.

“I would like to congratulate the teams from Belvedere College and St. Columbus College on their achievement, and I would also like to acknowledge the hard-work and dedication shown by our other finalists – each team did a fantastic job, the quality of the work this year was incredible. Competitions like this provide opportunities for students to learnvital 21st century skills and help to show the career options available in the STEM field,” said Stephanie O’Neill, ESERO Ireland Manager, Science Foundation Ireland.

“I would like to congratulation the teachers involved. They inspire and motivate their teams. They lead them to a deep understanding of the principles involved, not just in the technical aspects of the project, but in teamwork, outreach and presentations skills,” said Patricia O'Byrne, Senior Lecturer in the School of Computing, DIT and mentor to the winning Belvedere team:

There are six regional partners including Dublin Institute of Technology, Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology, Sligo Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology and Athlone Institute of Technology. The competition is a joint collaboration between ESERO Ireland and the CEIA and is co-funded by the European Space Agency and Science Foundation Ireland.

Patrica O'Byrne, Dr Cathy Ennis, Iseult Kelly and Dr Brian Keegan of DIT School of Computing provided mentoring and support on the day


About CanSat:

CanSat is a European Space Agency competition for 2nd Level Students (transition year and upwards) run by ESERO Ireland in association with the CEIA Institutes of Technology.

Six regional partners will work with ESERO to run CanSat in 2016/17. These are Athlone Institute of Technology, Cork Institute of Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology, Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology and Sligo. The CEIA along with ESERO Ireland oversees the management of the project nationally.


About CEIA

The CEIA represents High Tech companies in the Cork region working in accord with the Industrial Development Agency (IDA), Enterprise Ireland, the Cork Education & Training Board, Science Foundation Ireland, the Cork Institute of Technology and University College Cork, to ensure a sophisticated technological infrastructure is in place to enable the industry to grow and prosper.

Belvedere College and St Columbas College will now go forward to the CanSat National Finals


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