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Gonçalo Paiva Gouveia


I was born on 20th March, 2000. I am currently in the 11th grade studying Sciences and Technology in Escola Secundária Quinta das Palmeiras, in Covilhã, Castelo Branco, Portugal. My favorite subjects are Physics, Geology, English and Math.

I fancy playing sports such as basket, volley and swimming. I have already disputed the basket national cup while playing for the city´s basket team. I also enjoy hanging out with friends, hiking in the mountains near my city, solving puzzles and making more discoveries about space and physics.

My aim for the future is to become an aeronautical engineer.

What motivated you most to participate to Odysseus contest?

Since I was young I have always been very interested in space and science. I found the Odysseus contest a really interesting challenge, in which could learn more about space and improve my practical and theoretical knowledge in Physics.

What triggered me to take part in this amazing contest about space science was the opportunity to meet other youngsters with the same interests and passions as me.

What did you enjoyed when you prepared your project?

What I enjoyed most about projecting our work was the opportunity to keep in touch with and to talk to real scientists and true critics on the subject of our project. We had the chance to talk, discuss and learn more about physics and about the stars.

What was the most important thing that you learned during the preparation of your project?

During the project I learnt a lot, I learnt how to cooperate and how to communicate as a team, how to manage time properly, and last but not least I learnt that we should never give up even during the toughest times.

Has the work done for your project affected your decision for studies in space science?

Definitely yes, I can firmly say that this project has influenced my decision about what I´m going to study in the future. In the future I´m aiming to study aeronautical/aerospace engineering or something related to space science and space exploration.

Not to mention that this project enhanced my curiosity and determination to compete and to go after other contests in the near future.