Mission to Mars inspiring students for science

STEM Days aim for the stars

A competition challenging the abilities of students at The Radclyffe School in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths returned to the school this month.

The theme of the day was ‘A Mission to Mars’. Students in Year 7 tested their teamwork as well as their technology talents in two full-day tasks. Each day ten teams competed to produce their best possible solutions for various exciting challenges.

Amongst the challenges they faced were designing and building rockets, creating a suitable habitat for living on the planet, and manufacturing a ‘Mars Rover’-style vehicle. Specialist rocket designers Out of this World Learning worked with the students to build the rockets. Finally each team gave a presentation on how they went about solving the tasks.

A group of ‘STEM Ambassadors’ from industry came into school to advise the teams and judge the competition – our thanks to Abdul Munim from CISCO Systems, Julie Gordon of Diodes inc, Joe Taylor from IBM, Andrew Peck, studying Aerospace Engineering and Andrea Rialas a 3rd Year Physicist at the University of Manchester.

Head of Design & Technology Dave Pritchard said, “The idea of space travel fires the students’ imagination and creativity. We had some fantastic challenges for the teams to get to grips with.”

Congratulations to the winners, Team Endeavour (213 points) with Team Erebus on 204 points and Team Resolute on 203 points.

The event combines learning and skills from several faculties at the school. It is now in its third year, having previously seen students building rocket cars and creating gourmet sandwiches for the Hard Rock Café.

30 June 2014

programming the Mars Rover

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