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2017 Odysseus Contest Soroe Regional

The 2017 Odysseus Contest Soroe Regional will take place from 15th to 17th June 2017, at the ScienceTalents Mærsk Mc-Kinney Møller Center in Soroe, Denmark

ScienceTalents is an Education Center for children and teenagers with a special interest in science. The Center is located in a historical environment alongside Soroe Academy. An area where H.C. Andersen, amongst others, sought inspiration.

The Soroe Regional will gather the top Pioneers teams, winners at the national stage, of the Odysseus Contest Cycle II, organized during 2016 – 2017 academic year. The Odysseus national finalists from Denmark, Sweden, Finland and UK will enjoy three days full of fun and space-related experiences and engaged in a space science challenge that enabled them to showcase their skills, knowledge and talent.

The contestants will present their projects in front of the Jury Panel which will have a really hard task to select the Regional winners in both categories. The winners, will be announced on 17th June, in the Soroe Regional Award Ceremony.

  • Thursday 15 June
    • 13:30 Arrival at the Science Centre.
Sandwiches, welcoming and introduction to the camp by Odysseus-team/DTU Space and ScienceTalents.
    • 14:30 Teambuilding.
    • 15:00 Break.
    • 15:30 Space science lecture 1
    • 16:15 Space science lecture 2
    • 17:15 Before-dinner-break with Segway driving
    • 18:00 Dinner in the lobby at Soroe Academy
    • 18:45 Spacemovie on the big screen: ”Apollo 13” with introduction on manned spaceflights then and today by Mariann Albjerg and Steen Eiler, talent ambassador at ScienceTalents,
    • astrophysicist and president of the Danish Astronautical Society 2006-2016
    • 21:00 Cosy evening and get-together at the Talent Hotel.
    • 22:00 Goodnight
  • Friday 16 June
    • 08:00 Breakfast.
    • 09:00 Pioneers present their projects and get questions from the jury.
    • 12:00 Lunch in the lobby at Sorø Academy.
    • 13:00 Free time to visit the City of Soroe or Segway driving while the jury evaluate presentations, abstracts and projects.
    • 14:30 Winner of the Odysseus II contest announced by DTU Space director and astrophysicist. Ph.d. Kristian Pedersen at the Soroe Regional Award Ceremony.
    • 15:30 Break.
    • 16:00 Space science lecture 3:
    • 16:45 Break
    • 17:00 Space science lecture/demonstration/workshop 1:
    • 18:00 Dinner in the lobby at Sorø Academy.
    • 19:00 Space science lecture 4:
    • 20:00 Space science lecture 5:
    • 21:00 Cosy evening and get-together at the Talent Hotel. We bring out a telescope and discuss what we see in the sky (weather depending).
    • 22:00 Goodnight.
  • Saturday 17 June
    • 08:00 Breakfast.
    • 09:00 Space science lecture/demonstration/workshop 2: Rocket engines, rocket fuel, simulation of rocket motion and mini rocket construction and launch.
    • 12:00 Lunch.
    • 13:00 Space science lecture 6:
    • 14:30 Break.
    • 15:00 Final speech:”careers in Space science in Europe”
    • 15:15 Evaluation of the event.
    • 15:30 Departure for the airport.
Jury Panel

It was no easy task for the jury to find the winning team as some 40 students and teachers were gathered at a space science camp in Soroe, Denmark, for the regional semifinals of the Odysseus II contest. Eleven teams with members aged 15 to 19 years from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, England and Bulgaria were presenting space science projects in the Pioneers category of the contest.

Soroe Regional event 2017


The Soroe Regional winner pioneer was Team Magnetida from Varna School in Bulgaria with team members Katerina Samatovna Bakhtigaliyeva (15), Zdravko Milkov Slavov (17) and Feodor Svetlanov Konomaev (16). They presented a concept for a gravitational space telescope.

All the project presented here were very good. So we are really surprised and very happy to win,” said team member Katerina Samatovna Bakhtigaliyeva.

Exiting new ideas

The judges especially acknowledged that Team Magnetida was taking an exiting approach to space science with a concept for a hypothetical gravitational telescope using the Sun as a gravitational lens and for a very fine and dedicated presentation.
“This contest shows that we have a lot of space science talent in Europe. All projects were very well prepared and presented and it’s obvious that a lot of thoughts, good ideas and efforts have been into every contribution,” said project leader and communication responsible at DTU Space, Morten Garly Andersen.

The pan-European competition is aimed at young and talented students interested in space science. It is funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 program with The Danish National Space Institute, DTU Space, as the regional partner and organizer of this year’s Odysseus II semifinals for The Nordic countries, United Kingdom and Bulgaria. The event was held in cooperation with Science Talents at facility in Soroe.

Happy students and teachers

The teachers and adults assistants accompanying the young talents felt they went back home with new knowledge of space science and technology after attending the three day science camp and contest.

“This was an inspiring event, and both me and the members of the team from our school find it very useful,” said Brian Ovesen, headteacher at Frijsenborg Efterskole which had Team Maimar with Dagmar Bergholdt og Maiken Bak participating as one of the two Danish teams in the contest.

Apart from the competition there were space-related activities such as rocket-calculations, mini rocket construction and launch, the space science related movie Apollo 13 was shown on the big screen, and there were as a number of speeches and hands on activities by scientists from DTU Space and Science Talents.
Scientist and renown meteorite expert Henning Haack even brought some of the meteorites he has found over the years in Denmark and places as far as Antarctica and the Artic. He used them in his speech about the origin of our solar system.
“It’s been a fantastic and very exicting space science camp, and I would love to come back again,” concluded Alexander Brandal a participating student from Mandal Junior High School in Norway.

Regional Winners