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First Ever Epic Challenge Competition "aka" Epic hangout

10.10.2018 - 10.10.2018 | klo 16:00 - 21:00 | Suunnittelupaja, Sortavalankatu 2, 80200, Joensuu.

First ever Epic Challenge Competition!

Students have been working for 6 weeks to test and build their prototypes and now is their first test to see how well they have captured the essence of this course. Some of our sponsor companies are joining for the event as well. If you are interested to hear more about insect farming and edible insects, we got you covered. Robert Nemlander from EntoCube will present their work with insects.

We will start with company presentations and then continue for the main event! Epic Challenge teams will compete against each others in 3 different challenge.

  • Emergency Challenge
    – Teams will be controlling RC-cars remotely via live video feed, their goal is map certain area and create a shortest path between discovered objects.
  • Greenhouse Challenge
    – In this challenge teams will need to collect as much light as possible from three different light sources and guide the light trough 30 cm regolith. Under the regolith light needs to be distributed as evenly as possible for artificial plant leaves.
  • Mars-suit Challenge
    – Student will suit-up a Mars-suit prototype and go through the obstacle/dexterity course as fast as possible while heart rate is monitored and it can’t exceed 80% of the maximum.


  • 16.15-17.00 Company Presentations
  • 17.00-17.15 Coffee & Pulla
  • 17.15-17.20 Opening words for the First Ever Epic Challenge Competition
  • 17.20-18.20 First Round of Competitions – Emergency Challenge
  • 18.25-19.00 Second Round of Competitions – Greenhouse Challenge
  • 19.05-20.05 Third Round of Competitions – Mars-suit Challenge
  • 20.05-> Closing Ceremony and After Party

Researchers' Night

28.09.2018 - 28.09.2018 | klo 15:00 - 20:00 | Aurora Building UEF, Joensuu

(FI) Science for the whole family at the Joensuu Campus

On 28 September in Joensuu, the European Researchers’ Night will once again bring various forms of science and scientific research to the public. The main event will take place in the Aurora building on the university campus at 15–20. Already before the main event, scientific research is showcased on the morning buses, as our researchers will be interviewed on topics such as the everyday life of today’s kindergartens, edible insects, and how to get fit.

Workshops suitable for the whole family will be running in the Aurora building in the evening. You can have a go at chemical and physical experiments and tests, paint your own icon, measure your health, study ants, meditate, and learn from our researchers about 3D modelling in craft science. In addition, our history researchers will organise three campus walks, making it possible for you to learn about the history of the Joensuu Campus. The evening will culminate in an “Ask a Biologist” Q&A session, where our biology experts will answer audience questions about nature and animals. The programme also includes music performances and our Science Café! The European Researchers’ Night in Joensuu will be hosted by Mikko “Peltsi” Peltola.

The language of the Science Bus, the Science Sessions and most workshops is Finnish. However, English-speaking staff is available in all of the workshops, so we warmly encourage also those not fluent in Finnish to join in and get their share of scientific research!

Kick-off Week

04.09.2018 - 06.09.2018 | klo 16:00 | Joensuu Science Park, Building 1, Room B178

Next Epic Challenge course starts on the first week of September. On the first week we will go through the course structure and learn the basics of all the essential skills needed on this course, while solving different kind of problems. Student teams will be formed during the kick-off week based on their own interest and skills. On this course you will learn to use the problem solving method developed by astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda.
Welcome to join for the kick-off week, coffee and some small snacks are provided during the evening.


17.05.2018 - 18.05.2018 | klo 09:00 | Joensuu Areena

The SciFest is an international yearly festival of science, environment and technology. The festival brings together educators and students from primary school to high school, but everyone interested in these themes is welcome. The goal is to make science fun, accessible and engaging.

This year the theme of the festival will be “Science goes Arts”. See you there!

Epic Challenge Showroom

Our Epic Challenge teams will be sharing their ideas at SciFest 17.5-18.5 at Joensuu Areena. We will be there to tell more about the Epic Challenge, space and science related topics.

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