AstroPi Competition: Guest Post

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My name is Marian Jago, and I really enjoy coding, and it is a shame that there aren’t many children who enjoy it, or at least know about it. I recently entered a competition called Astro-pi, which uses the raspberry pi. It also uses python, which is a programming language. The idea of the competition is to think of an idea to display certain variables, which are monitored through sensors on the Astro-pi, such as temperature, humidity etc. Or you can do something else if you think it is a god idea, the Premise is that it has to be interesting or useful, which I believe my both of my ideas were.

The first idea I had was to display all variables on a graphic equalizer, with different colours depending on how far the levels were. If the levels reached an orange level the buzzer which was included would sound off, alerting Tim Peake, whom was going to be using the code, to any danger. That idea was what I did with my school, with the help of Yasmeen Bey, whom wrote the code with me.

However I had an idea for an experiment, which I turned into a code, which was highly commended. The idea for the experiment was, “ After spending a certain amount of time in space, would one still be able to orientate oneself as well as on earth?” After all, without gravity, many factors change, we depend on gravity for balance, so what if that was taken away, would we be able to balance in a zero-gravity environment? So what I did was write a code that first displays a green screen, then when one presses a button it displays a red screen and the person must close their eyes and try to spin 360 degrees, then press the button and open their eyes, the code will save their “score” and this only takes a few seconds to do, so Tim Peake could perform perhaps, once a week.

The results could tell us some important information about balance and gravity.