Mission to Mars - Day 1

The year is 2039. A 500m high asteroid is hurtling towards the earth. It will hit the surface, creating a 300KM wide crater, decimating everything in its path. The impact will create a sea of dust that will rise and block out the sun, causing the earths atmosphere the drastically change and the earth as we know it will begin to disintegrate.

This was the concept that was put to or Year 7 and 8 students this morning. Over the course of 2 days we have given them the chance to be involved in a huge mission to save mankind and move to Mars. The day began with an introductory assembly to give the students some context for their mission. The premise came from an interesting article found here - https://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/nasa-unable-to-stop-enormous-asteroid-bennu-which-could-hit-earth-in-2135-a3791621.html, which laid the foundations for the 48 hours and their Mission to Mars. Lola Olaore gave an inspiring presneation to inspire some of our girls and how they can make a difference in the science industry.

In a series of presentations and workshops they have been given the challenge to create a concrete plan to get off this planet within 48 hours when the meteor will hit. The tasks will involve problem solving, project managing and engineering which are testing their skills in a range of subjects.

We have also been lucky enough to have the Science Museum in to work with to the students in a series of interactive presentations. The students loved these (especially the fire and explosions) and we can’t wait to see what other elements they fuse together tomorrow.

We also invited primary schools  Northwold, William Pattern and Laycock to join in with this mission. Looking at their amazing efforts with their rockets it looks like we have a lot of budding scientists to keep an eye out in the future.