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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Odysseus II?

Odysseus II is a European project, funded by the European Commission.  Its main objective is the organization of a pan-European contest for pupils and students between the age of seven (7) and twenty-two (22) years on Space exploration and Space science. Although a pan-European contest pupils and students from non-EU countries could also participate.

I want to register (a team) in the contest – How do I join Odysseus II?

You can REGISTER by submitting your email and your selected password in the relevant section of the Odysseus II contest website and by selecting the category Pioneers and accepting the rules of the contest. Then you should verify your account by clicking the link included in the email that you will automatically receive. Then you should LOGIN to your account and fill in the details of your team in the registration form. Each team should consist of two (2) or three (3) members with a teacher as leader. Note: each team should have a teacher-leader to support with registration (see the Rules section).

How old do I have to be to participate in the Odysseus II contest?

Participants should be from fourteen (14) to nineteen (19) years old (secondary school pupils, born on or between 1st April 1997 and 31st March 2003).

Do I need to fulfil any additional requirements to register in the Odysseus II contest?

Yes your parent or legal guardian should sign and provide to the team´s teacher-leader a permission form allowing you to participate in the Odysseus II contest and agreeing on the rules of the contest. In order to be eligible to participate your team should register before the 31st March 2017.

Can you help me put together a team?

You can use the Odysseus II Contest blog to connect with other potential participants or include your needs for team members or for specific skills.

Can team members come from different schools?

Yes, team members may come from the same or different schools of the same country.

Can we add more members once we have registered our team?

Yes; the teacher-leader can add participants until the 31st March 2017, while not exceeding the maximum of 3 members per team.

Can I be on more than one team?

No; each pupil can compete only in one team.

In which language do we have to submit our entry?

You could submit your entry in any of the following languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish and Swedish. Teams from countries outside the European Union should submit their projects in any of the above official EU languages.

If the entry makes it to the International final of the contest, the team must provide a full translation into English, if the entry was originally submitted in another language.

Do you have any information about how to create an entry?

You are free to select your own topic related to one of the themes of the contest. You can make your own choice about the form and design of your entry (text, power point presentation, video, prototype, multimedia, experiment etc.), but you are advised to include a Project Worksheet in the template provided, describing the background thinking of your project. You are free to submit as many supporting files as deemed necessary. To view some links to relevant sources about space exploration take a look at the Odysseus Library.

How do we submit an entry?

You should upload your entry alongside its summary (in the form provided) by clicking the Submit your Entry link, and following the instructions.

Can my team submit more than one entry?

No.  Each team may submit only one entry to the Odysseus II contest.

What do I do if I forget my password to the Odysseus Platform?

There is a Forgot Your Password link on the Log in page. Click on that and a new password will be sent to your registered e-mail address for Odysseus account.

When do we have to submit our entry?

You need to submit your entry from 1st September 2016 until 23:59:59 CET of 31st March 2017. The Odysseus II organizers recommend that you submit your entry upon completion without waiting until the deadline date.

Can you help my team uploading our entry to the Odysseus Platform?

Yes; you should follow the instructions provided in the Submit your Entry link.  If you have any questions or if you need help with uploading an entry, please fill in the contact form and the organizers will help you by securing that the entry will be uploaded appropriately.

Will we receive feedback from the evaluators?

All teams will receive a summary of the judges’ evaluation of their project after the completion of the assessment process.

What evaluation criteria will be used?

For full details on evaluation criteria, please refer to the Assessment and Evaluation Criteria section of the Pioneers page.

How many teams will make it to the Regional and International finals?

The number of teams going onto the next level of judging will be determined by the relative populations of the participating countries and the number of submissions from each region and in each theme category.  Each EU country will be represented in the regional finals by at least one team.  Teams may be invited to the regional events on the condition that their entry is marked with at least 10 out of 20 in the first phase.  The Odysseus II organizers will announce how many teams are to be found in the semi-finals, via the official website.  The top teams of the Regional Finals will participate in the International Final.

Can I view the other entries submitted in the Odysseus II contest?

Yes all entries could be viewed on the Odysseus II website at the Gallery page after the deadline for submitting an entry.

When will I know if my team is selected for the regional final?

The teams who will qualify to the regional events will be announced after the 20th of April 2017.

How will we be notified if our team wins in Regional finals?

The winning team in each regional semi-final will be announced at the end of the event after the completion of the judges’ consultations.  The finalists will also be announced on the Odysseus II Contest website.

What are the prizes?

For complete details on the prizes, please visit the Prizes page .