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Trip to Kennedy Space Center 2020 - CANCELLED

24.04.2020 - 26.04.2020 | Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

Due to the unfortunate corona virus outbreak we had to cancel the trip.

Please check out our Facebook and Instagram for space & innovation related activities to do from home! 



Join us on our trip to KSC this spring to spend a few days immersed in the wonders of space exploration!

Where: Kennedy Space Center, Cape Canaveral, Florida

When: 24th to 26th of April 2020

What: we’ll meet EC students and teachers from US, participate in activities with the NASA experts at KSC & have some free time to roam around the visitor complex

Who: anyone who’s finished the 5cr course is more than welcome to join us on the trip!

Mark these dates to your calendar! You will have to cover your own costs, but by arranging their flights and accommodation together students have been able to travel quite affordably on previous trips. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Get familiar with KSC’s website here:

You can also check out some moments from our wonderful trip in 2018:

SciFest 2019

29.08.2019 - 30.08.2019 | klo 09:00 | Botania, Heinäpurontie 70, 80110 Joensuu

Come meet us at SciFest 2019 at Botania, and take part in our Epic Mars Rover Challenge! More info in Finnish here:

A Trip to Space - Lecture by Astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda (w/ Finnish translations)

24.05.2019 - 24.05.2019 | klo 17:30 | Carelia-sali, Joensuu

We got a treat for you: a chance to hear an actual NASA Astronaut tell the story of his space flight on Friday 24.5. at 17.30 in Carelia-sali! The lecture will be translated to Finnish!

Dr. Charles Camarda flew on the shuttle mission STS-114 in 2005, right after the Columbia accident. Dr. Camarda, NASA Senior Advisor for Engineering Development, is the father figure of the Epic Challenge program. Our Epic Challenge Joensuu courses are based on the ICED methodology he designed – the man has quite a bit of experience with innovation and solving problems at NASA!

The event is open for public and completely free of charge! No registration required!

Epic Student: Hang out with an Astronaut!

24.05.2019 - 24.05.2019 | klo 14:00 | Spark Joensuu, Science Park Joensuu, building 3A, 4th floor

On Friday 24.5. at 14.00 all Epic Challenge Joensuu students have a chance to hang out with NASA Astronaut and Engineer Dr. Charles Camarda at Spark Joensuu (Science Park, building 3A, 4th floor). Students get to share their ideas and discuss space/innovation/engineering related issues with Dr. Camarda. All former and current Epic Challenge students are welcome! And even if you haven’t taken the course, feel free to join the discussion!

Lecture for Natural Science Researchers & Students - Dr. Camarda

23.05.2019 - 23.05.2019 | klo 12:00 | UEF Metria campus, room M100

On Thursday 23.5. at 12.00 NASA Astronaut, Engineer and creator of the Epic Challenge program, Dr. Charles Camarda, will give a lecture for students, staff and researchers in natural sciences. The lecture will take place at UEF Metria campus, room M100.

Epic Challenge International Competition 2019

21.05.2019 - 21.05.2019 | klo 11:00 |

First Epic Challenge International Competition (EPIC) will be held at Mehtimäki Ice Hall during the Taitaja event, 21st of May at 11.00-15.00! Contestants start checking in at 10.45. All info reagarding the competition can be found here

Lecture for Educators - Dr. Charles Camarda

20.05.2019 - 20.05.2019 | klo 14:00 | UEF Natura campus, room N100

On Monday 20.5. at 14.00 NASA Astronaut, Engineer and creator of the Epic Challenge program, Dr. Charles Camarda, will give a lecture about his experience on best education practises. Epic Challenge Joensuu course is based on the ICED methodology, which was designed by Dr. Camarda – the man has quite a bit of experience in innovation and solving problems at NASA. The lecture will take place at UEF Natura campus, room N100.

Lecture and Networking event with Dr. Charles Camarda

20.05.2019 - 20.05.2019 | klo 10:00 | Spark Joensuu, Science Park Joensuu, building 3A, 4th floor

We are excited to announce that we have the creator of the Epic Challenge program, astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda, visiting us in Joensuu on week 21!

On Monday 20.5. at 10:00 he’ll give a lecture about innovation and teamwork at Spark Joensuu, Science Park (Building 3A, 4th floor). The lecture is open for public, so anyone interested in entrepreneurship and teamwork is welcome!

After the lecture you have a chance to meet Dr. Camarda in person and maybe even introduce your own projects, to get some input from the Astronaut and NASA Senior Advisor for Engineering Development!

See you at Spark on Monday 20.5. at 10:00!

International Epic Challenge Showroom

24.04.2019 - 24.04.2019 | klo 15:00 | Joensuun Tiedepuisto Länsikatu 15, 80110 Joensuu

On Wednesday 24th of April we’ll host a showroom for EC students from Finland and the US – yes, that’s right, American students will visit us here in Joensuu! You’ll see presentations of what the teams have done, stands, prototypes and our March 2019 students’ first competition! This is a great chance to meet students and teachers from the States and discuss space exploration and future habitation of Mars!

We’ll start at Science Park, building 3A, 2nd floor auditorium at 15.00. The event is free of charge and open for public, and there’ll also be some pulla and coffee, as always!

Q&A with astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda

23.01.2019 - 23.01.2019 | klo 17:30 | Paja, Sortavalankatu 2

Wednesday at Paja we’ll arrange a live videocall Q&A session with the Father of the Epic Challenge program, Astronaut Dr. Charles Camarda. Our students have prepared questions for Dr. Camarda about his experiences on the ISS, about engineering and about other space related topics.

At the end of the session we’ll have some time for extra audience questions. The event is open for everybody and completely free of charge, so if you’d like to have a chat with an astronaut, this is the event for you! There’ll be coffee and pulla, too!

Career and recruitment day!

22.11.2018 - 22.11.2018 | klo 12:00 | Karelia-amk, Wärtsilä-kampus, Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu

22.11.2018 klo 12.00 – 15.30
Karelia-ammattikorkeakoulu, Wärtsilä-kampus, Karjalankatu 3, 80200 Joensuu

Career- and recruitment day at Karelia connects students, companies and communities to discuss about skills needed in the future working life and what it takes to be entrepreneur.
Event is free of charge,

Recruitment Stands: 13.15 – 15.30

Campus Hallway

Find the best doers for your business! Come and meet students from different fields who will present their skills at their degree program stands. The students are interested in finding work placements, internships and commissions for their thesis’. There will also be international students present.

Emplyer Info: 13.15 – 15.30
Campus Hallway

Create a positive image and book a spot at the employer info stand. Tell students about your business and the job opportunities you offer. The info stand sessions are max 10 minutes.

Speaker`s Corner: 13.15 – 15.30

Room 100A

Come and chat and network. Meet students, entrepreneurs, business representatives and developers! Pitch your skills, matchmake with employers and match with students!

Register latest 19.11.2018

Information for Students!

Are you in search of a job or internships placement or need of a bachelor`s thesis commission? Now you have the opportunity to meet employers and tell them about your expertise and get recruited in the process.

Sign up for marketing your skills!
More information

Career and Recruitment Day

Harri Mikkonen, 050 502 0402, harri.mikkonen[at]
Anne Prepula, 050 311 916, anne.prepula[at]

First Ever Epic Challenge Competition "aka" Epic hangout

10.10.2018 - 10.10.2018 | klo 16:00 | 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 | 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.

More info: