Space academics to hold games hackday for teenagers

Posted by rmt22 at Mar 14, 2017 04:18 PM |
On Saturday 25 March our academics are asking kids aged 14-19 to join them for a workshop/hackday and design games based on space.

Our National Centre for Earth Observation, based in Physics and astronomy are hosting the day to engage young people in the ideas surrounding our research, and help open routes into the subject for those who may not have considered it.

When British Astronaut and University of Leicester Honorand Tim Peake was in space he took loads of pictures of the earth, sharing them via Twitter and the UK and European Space Agencies. The teenagers will be given images of the Earth taken from the International Space Station or satellites and challenged to design games using them.

They’ll need to use their creativity to design a game based on these images. These could be games, card games, apps, computer games. The idea could be as simple as a set of cards, but we’ll also be providing access to Python, MATLAB, IDL, Dreamweaver for web-based games, and GIS programs (including Google Earth) if they wish to make maps part of their game. We also have secured funding to develop any really good ideas that come out of the day.

We’re looking to spread the word as widely as possible so if you know a young person who might be interested please let them know about the event and if you fancy volunteering to help please contact

Attendance is free but numbers will be limited, so please encourage anyone who is interested to apply as soon as possible via the website.

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