Epic Challenge Joensuu


During fall semester 2017 and spring semester 2018 students will try to tackle the epic challenge of sustaining humans on Mars. To accomplish the goal of coming up with new inventive solutions, students will study the innovation processes and methods (Innovative Concept and Engineering Design – ICED) used by NASA. These studies will be worth 5 or 15 ECTS credits and the work will take place in a local setting in Joensuu. During the studies students get to interact several time with experts from NASA and other organisations via different kinds of digital tools. Registration is now open!

University of Eastern Finland, Karelia University of Applied Sciences, North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium, Joensuun normaalikoulu high-school, Joensuun lyseon lukio high-school and Joensuun yhteiskoulun lukio high-school are collaborating with experts from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA. Students of these five research and education organizations can apply to become part of the Epic Challenge education program.

Collaboration with NASA begun after Arcusys Ltd, a Joensuu area software company, started working with NASA on the development of an online learning environment Valamis. First ever Epic Challenge participation in Joensuu happened during the 2015 – 2016 semesters.

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/epicchallengejoensuu/

What you will learn

Orientation to Innovation – Epic Challenge, 5 ECTS credits:
Spring period 2

  • Knowledge Capture
  • System Architecture and Morphological Analysis
  • PUGH Method / Criteria-based Concept Evaluation
  • Experiment Design lvl 1

On this course, the student will learn to work in an international team together with students from different fields and schools. Student will learn a set of team-based product development methods and techniques developed at NASA. The team will apply these techniques and develop new innovative solutions to a challenge.

During the course, students will get to interact with local and international experts and with people from other organizations including local businesses. To pass the course, students will have successfully pass a set of product development and innovation skill certificates.

Participation to this course does not require any prior experience or skills in technology or sciences. The course begins with a kickoff week and all students must attend the kickoff week 20.3. – 22.3.2017, 16:15 – 19:30 at Joensuu Science Park, building 1, 1st floor, room B180. After the kickoff week student teams work on their own schedule based on given instructions. Teams will presented their first results on Wed 11.4.2018, 16:00 – 18:30 and their final results on SciFest 17. – 18.5.2018


Spring period 2/2018
Epic Challenge – Orientation to Innovation, 5 op, 20.3.- 18.5.2018
Kickoff week 20.-22.3.2018 16:00 – 19:30
1 Showroom 11.4.2018, 16:00 – 18:30
2 Showroom 17. – 18.5.2018

The studies are worth 5 or 15 ECTS credits and for example at Karelia UAS these are considered as advanced studies.

More information

General Information

At University of Eastern Finland
Professor Markku Hauta-Kasari

At Karelia University of Applied Sciences
Principal Lecturer Heikki Immonen

Info about Application

At University of Eastern Finland

Ana Gebejes

At Karelia University of Applied Sciences

Principal Lecturer Heikki Immonen

At North Karelia Municipal Education and Training Consortium

Sanni Suominen
Online lecturer in mathematical subjects

At Joensuun Normaalikoulun lukio

Heini Honkanen

At Joensuun lyseon lukio

Niko Kaikkonen