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Contest: Design A Rosetta Toy Activity!

Design an Educational Activity and win a Rosetta Toy!

28 February 2017

We are very happy to announce the winners of the Design A Rosetta Toy Activity Contest. Of the best submissions for the contest, the jury panel has identified six main winners, who will receive a Rosetta Toy, as well as a teleconference with the astroEDU team, to have their idea made into an official peer-reviewed activity on the IAU astroEDU website. Nine other winning participants will also receive a Rosetta Toy.

There were many exceptional entries for our jury panel to judge, brought to us by educators, (amateur) astronomers and members of the UNAWE network. The jury panel consisted of astrophysicists, educators and science communicators, who were very impressed with the entries.

These are the winning entries and contestants, including summarised descriptions (in no particular order):

Rosetta and Philae's Adventures in Space, by Marinela Ivić from Croatia

Students adopt Rosetta and Philae for a week, create their own adventures and create a stop-motion video and reports. After students create their reports, these are binded into their very own story- and picturebook: Rosetta and Philae's Adventures in Space.

Autistic students learn about the solar system with Rosetta, María Consuelo Marazuela from Spain

With a series of pictograms, the Rosetta toy induces tactile sensations in a discreet and non-threatening way, facilitate understanding, stimulate senses and increase motivation of children in the autism spectrum.

Show me the way, by Nelly Ivanova from Bulgaria

A collaborative outdoor activity, where a simulated ground control will direct the Rosetta team to its landing site, with radio delay and without vision. The activity will follow the real story of the Rosetta mission.

Build your own Rosetta, by Styliani Tsilia from Greece

Rosetta will be introduced to explain the use of a model to the students. They will use the model to explain the different parts en learn about the design. They will then design, customise and name their own model with low-cost, simple household materials.

Inspired by Rosetta, by Marina Molla from Greece

An interdisciplinary approach that introduces a space related topic in the subject of language teaching, combined with art. Students will become journalist teams and write stories, combined with artwork. Finally, they will present their findings in the classroom, their Learning Diary, and the school’s blog.

Rosetta and the comet, by Lisbeth Enevoldsen from Denmark

Rosetta will introduce students to space, in particular comets and their chemical makeup. The teacher demonstrates how to make a comet from dry ice, gravel and soy sauce. Students will then fly the Rosetta toy around the comet and gather word cards to combine with pictures of space concepts.

These six main winners will receive a toy and be able to participate in a personal teleconference with the astroEDU team, who will support the winners to further develop their activities for submission on astroEDU. Once accepted, these submissions may also be included in the official Europlanet collections on comets!

Nine other entries will be rewarded with the Rosetta Toy for their inspiring efforts, and those are:

  • Henrietta and Rosetta Travel on the Tail of the Comet, by Wilma Maria Mugnaini
  • Centripetal Force, by André Freitas
  • Knowing the Stars, by Melina Silva de Lima
  • Young Explorers Club, by Anna Adamek
  • Tell Your Story!, by Doina Otilia Filep
  • A Comet in the Sky, by Fulvia Piccolo
  • Light and Sound in "The invention of clear day", by Maria Teresa de Matos Paiva
  • Rosetta and 3D Printing, by Jan Preclík
  • Dear Comets, Be Our Guests, by Panagiota Alexandra Fratti

All winners are invited to send their photo’s and experiences with the Rosetta Toy during their educational activities and share them on our website.

This contest was made possible by the Rosetta MissionDesign & Data GmbH and IAU astroEDU. We thank them for their great work. We also thank all participants of this contest for their enthusiasm and inspiring efforts.


Rosetta and Philae may have travelled around the Solar System, but their adventures are far from over! With the conclusion of the Rosetta Strato Charity Campaign, we have several Rosetta toys to distribute to educators around the world. Therefore, we announce a competition for the Universe Awareness network: design an educational activity for kids that uses the Rosetta toy as a resource, and win a Rosetta toy!

We can think of many ways to use a plush toy as a resource in an educational setting. However, we would like to see how you would bring Rosetta and Philae into a lesson plan! Would you talk about gravity? Would you discuss technology? How about forces and orbits, or science in general? Perhaps you would have students actively interact with the toy, or maybe use it as a hook for introducing a subject in science.

The best ideas will be rewarded with one of the Rosetta toys, donated by the backers of the Indiegogo campaign. Also, after the competition, the winners will have the opportunity to develop the activity further and have their idea published as an IAU astroEDU activity!


Submissions can be sent by this Google form, images by Dropbox.

Write a clear overview of ~250 words of how you, or your team, would use a Rosetta toy in an educational activity. Your proposal should at least describe the following:

  • Name of the activity.

  • What is this activity about?

  • What will the children learn?

  • How will the children learn this?

  • How will the Rosetta toy be used?

You are welcome to provide additional information, or add pictures and photographs.


Competition Guidelines

The goal of this competition is to design and propose an educational activity for kids, that you and other educators can do by using the Rosetta plush toy. Submit your idea for an activity in ~250 words. Submitting images is optional.


Launch: 01 March 2017

Deadline: 01 April 2017

Winners announced: in the last week of April 2017 


  • Submission is open to educators from any country.
  • Only one entry per participant can be rewarded.
  • A participant can be an individual, or a team.
  • Entries should contain an activity of educational value. Please note: the Rosetta toys are meant for educational and outreach activities, not for individual use.
  • Entries can be submitted by this Google Form, images can be submitted via Dropbox.
  • Send images as separate files in the following formats only: jpg, png, gif, or a zip file.
  • Deadline for submission is 1 April 2017.
  • Each submission should include name, country, email, role in UNAWE network and then: name of activity + the info that's under the section "Submissions".
  • Submissions will not be returned (so keep a backup).
  • Following the IAU astroEDU license, Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported, all submissions will be accounted under the same license.
  • All entries may be displayed on the Universe Awareness website, the IAU astroEDU open-access platform for peer-reviewed science education activities, and on social media.
  • Entries have to be original and not previous work or copied from elsewhere.

For questions or comments, please contact Tibisay at

About the Rosetta toy

The Rosetta plush toy is 33 cm high, 16 cm deep, and a whopping 95.5 centimeters wide! Little Philae sits on its partner Rosetta and together they have traversed our Solar System on a 12 year long mission to study comet 67P. Together, Rosetta and Philae also star in their own cartoon show.

You can submit your ideas individually, or as a team!




Rosetta toys group photo
Rosetta toys group photo