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A model of NASA's planned Dream Chaser mini-shuttle. Projects at the hackathon will be a little bit more complex than this. AP Photo/Janet McConnaughey

Interested in space and science? Cork to hold NASA hackathon next week

The NASA Space Apps Challenge is aimed at secondary school and third-level students and will tackle themes such as human space flight, asteroids and robotics.

CORK WILL BE the location of Ireland first NASA Space Apps Competition, which will be held next week.

The competition, which will be held at University College Cork on Saturday 12th April, is a two-day hackathon where software developers, engineers, designers, and technologists can experiment with different ideas.

It’s primarily aimed at secondary school and third-level students, although it is open to all. Participants can choose one of the challenges set out by NASA – technology in space, human space flight, asteroids, earth watch and robotics – or come up with their own project.

The event is being held by Cork startup Rewrite Science, a national organisation for young STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) graduates.

The event will be streamed live on the web and will include a Google Hangout with NASA’s Chief Scientist, its Deputy Chief Information Officer and two astronauts who will chat about their experiences in space.

On Sunday, the teams will present their projects with the winning projects entering the NASA’s global competition, which involves more than 100 countries.

The competition will form part of Cork’s Lifelong Learning Festival which runs from 7th – 13th April and those interested can register for the event here.

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