For beginners, or those who only have about an hour to spare, there's Mission Zero.
Kids learn to create a simple program that takes a humidity reading on board the International Space Station (ISS) and relays the information to the astronauts with a personalized message.
There's no prior programming knowledge required for this mission. And, best of all, kids are guaranteed to see their experiment run on board the ISS, as long as the programming is solid!
The mission involves four separate stages:
- Design: teams design the experiment
- Create: teams program the experiment
- Deploy: top experiments are deployed on the ISS
- Analyze: teams get the results of their experiments
The winning teams all get a sweet Astro Pi kit to test out their experiment here on Earth!
The Raspberry Pi Pico and Raspberries Pi Zero are miles apart when it comes to specs, form factor, and software support.