David Saint-Jacques launches a challenge for young Canadians to code for space!

Media advisory

Vancouver, British Columbia, January 30, 2019 — Tomorrow, Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques, during a space-to-Earth connection with his colleague Joshua Kutryk, will launch the Astro Pi challenge for young Canadians.

In collaboration with the European Space Agency and Kids Code Jeunesse, the CSA is allowing young Canadians to participate in the Astro Pi challenge, an annual science and coding competition where students have the opportunity to develop code that could be run on the International Space Station's unique Raspberry Pi computers, called Astro Pis.

Media representatives who cannot attend the Launch of the Astro Pi challenge event can see it live (or watch the video afterwards) on the CSA's YouTube channel.

In the afternoon, Joshua Kutryk will be meeting with over 60 Grade 10 students at the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre to talk about his experience as an astronaut. Media representatives are invited to attend the presentation.

Time What Who Where
9:50 a.m. PT Launch of the Astro Pi challenge in Canada
  • David Saint-Jacques, CSA astronaut
  • Joshua Kutryk, CSA astronaut
Lord Selkirk Elementary School
1750 East 22nd Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V5N 2P7
12:30 p.m. PT Presentation to Grade 10 students
  • Joshua Kutryk, CSA astronaut
H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
1100 Chestnut Street
Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 3J9

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