Computer code written by Harrow Way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) students, as part of Mission Zero 2021-2022, has been run on the International Space Station (ISS).

Using software provided by the Astro Pi Mission Zero team, students wrote a simple computer programme. This programme, when run on the space station, displayed a message and humidity reading which the astronauts could see as they went about their daily tasks on the ISS.

Donna Robertson, curriculum leader ICT and Computer said: “The European Astro Pi Challenge offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers aboard the International Space Station. It was such an exciting project for students to be involved in as not many STEM professionals, let alone students, can claim they’ve written code used in space by astronauts.”

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The European Astro Pi Challenge is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. This international project attracted thousands of students from 25 different countries to take part.

Donna added: “As with a lot of STEM activity, one of the challenges is to encourage and increase female participation. One of the great successes of the Astro Pi Challenge was female representation at an incredible 42.5 per cent.”

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