The youths of the Science Task Force program are building a new test device for ESTCube-2 development

Viire Sepp | 6.07.2015

Today, for the fourth summer, gymnasium students interested in science gather to work in the Science Task Force in Tartu Observatory with the goal of building a new test device for ESTCube-2 development.

Teadusmalev 2015

„This is the first time for private funding to support the event,“ the leading organizer, lecturer in the University of Tartu and a scientist of Tartu Observatory Mart Noorma said. „People understand better and better how important it is for the future of Estonia to support young people`s interests in science fields. In order to develop entrepreneurship, taking place in space science projects is a good way to study how the science and entrepreneurship support each other and the development of Estonia at a large scale.“

The 2014-2015 president of the Tartu Hansa Rotary club responsible for offering stipends to the participants of Teadusmalev Katrin Kaarma said that their club is an organization for efficient and motivated women who are shining in their field. „We have decided to invest the money gathered through voluntary donations and charity events to educating the youth. Young people are our future and the young people of the Science Task Force will help make big improvements for Estonia in the future.“ Money for the Science Task Force stipends was gathered from concerts organized by the club where famous Estonian artists like the Curly Strings performed. 

The first Science Task Force event took place at Tartu Observatory in 2012 and immediately earned a reward for the popularization of science. Back then, the finalists of the TV show Rakett 69 were able to contribute to the satellite ESTCube-1.

The coordinator of this year`s Science Task Force is a physics student of the Univesity of Tartu and the winner of the fifth season of the TV show Rakett 59 Karl Reinkubjas. In his words, at the Science Task Force, it has always been important to give students` work direct connection with the development of space technology and it is so this time as well. „This summer we will help analyze the data gathered by ESTCube-1 and will build a new test device for the development of ESTCube-2,“ he said.

A  total of ten gymnasium students take part in this year`s event and will receive a stipend of 300 euros a month. The participants were chosen from the applicants by their previous results in studies, olympiads or the Rakett 69 show.

The goal of the program is to give school students who are interested in science an opportunity to find out more about the profession of scientists through personal experience. The participants will work as an independent research group and find solutions for the research topics together. The planning of the future steps of research, organizing equal distribution of work, deciding and solving the research questions will be done on the initiative of the participating students and the supervisors will interrupt the process as little as possible.

In addition to the Science Task Force, during this summer the department of Space Technology in Tartu Observatory will also have 20 university students from Germany, Canada, India, Finland, Vietnam, Latvia, Turkey and Estonia. Estonian middle school students are also able to take part in a one week science camp.

Additional information:

  • Karl Reinkubjas, physics student in UT, coordinator of the Science Task Force, 
    phone: +372 5556 1561; e-mail: karl.reinkubjas@estcube.eu;
  • Mart Noorma, organizer of the Science Task Force, phone: +372 523 9159, e-mail: mart.noorma@ut.ee.

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