Classroom Opportunity – The CanSat Design Challenge 2021-22 for Canadian High Schools

The CanSat Design Challenge 2021-22 for Canadian High Schools – CanSat-2021-22_Brochure

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What is the CanSat Design Challenge?
The CanSat Design Challenge is a competition for Canadian high schools and select community colleges to design and build a CanSat.

What’s a CanSat?
A CanSat is a simplified satellite which is the size of a pop can. It contains a computer and some sensors, and conducts some simple scientific experiments. We launch it up (or drop it from a helicopter) to a height of about 1km, and it collects data as it parachutes down.

What Does the CanSat Do?
Each CanSat has to record the temperature and air pressure once per second; and, you get to choose an additional experiment which it will conduct. There are two categories in the competition: in the BEGINNER category, your CanSat stores the data on a memory card on the CanSat; in the ADVANCED category, the CanSat transmits the data by radio to a receiver which your team builds.

Who Can Participate?
This competition is for Canadian high schools and select community colleges. You need a team of 4 to 6 students. And an Advisor (teacher). You don’t even need to be from the same high school!

What Do We Need in order to Participate?
Not much! We will provide you with a Beginner CanSat kit, if you’d like one. It would be great if you have some basic electronics & hobby tools, but we can probably help if you don’t.
If you participate in the BEGINNER category, you’ll only need to mail the CanSat to us and we will launch it for you then collect the data afterwards. If you are in the ADVANCED category, you’ll need to travel to Calgary in May, 2022, for the launch campaign. We will do our best to help you with travel costs.

How Much Time is this Going to Take?
Most teams spend about 2-3 hours per week.

How much is this going to Cost?
It’s absolutely free to enter! We can provide you with the basic electronics required for the BEGINNER
category. You can add other experiments, and electronics, but the total cost must not exceed $800.

Sent on behalf of Lawrence Reeves at the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge Management Society