Activities for all Primary, Secondary and Post-Secondary Students


In a continued effort to raise awareness on space applications and related sectors, the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) is being supported by the European Space Agency to embark on a space education programme for all primary, middle, secondary and post-secondary schools in Malta.


In the 2018-2019 scholastic year, the Council plans to launch two exciting activities as part of this Space Education Programme: CanSat and AstroPi. All kits, together with the necessary teacher training, will be provided for free to a selected number of schools.

An Activity for Secondary and Post-Secondary Schools

A CanSat is a simulation of a satellite that fits in a soft drink can. Following assembly and testing, CanSats are launched to an altitude of a few hundred metres by a rocket and the mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment, achieve a safe landing and analyse the data received.


A selected number of secondary and post-secondary student teams, led by a teacher, shall design a CanSat; selecting its mission, integrating the components, testing, preparing for launch and then analysing the data. The best team wins a ticket to travel and participate in the European-wide CanSat competition.

An Activity for Primary, Middle and Secondary Schools

AstroPi is a coding activity where student-written code is run on the International Space Station!


The activity, which is coordinated by the European Space Agency, is subdivided into two competitions targeting primary and middle school students.


2018/9 Competition timelines and guidelines will be uploaded on ESA AstroPi website before the end of the scholastic year 2017-2018.

On 24th May 2018, teachers and representatives of schools and colleges, were invited to attend an information session that introduced the AstroPi and CanSat activities. The information session, which was held at the Malta Council for Science and Technology, provided a brief overview of the activities.


Guidelines with all relevant details and documents will be uploaded on this website before the end of the scholastic year 2017-2018.


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