Science: Years 6-8 Excel At Galactic Challenge 2017
Bede’s Senior School hosted the second ‘Prep Schools Galactic Challenge’ on Saturday 14 January for over 70 pupils from Years 6, 7 and 8 from Bede’s Prep, Marlborough House, Rose Hill, Skippers Hill, Yardley Court, Dulwich Prep and Brambletye Schools.
After a hearty breakfast and welcome from Bede’s Deputy Head John Tuson and the event organiser Bill Richards, the task was revealed; this year it was to design a mining base in lava tubes below the planet of Mercury.
Mr Richards briefed the pupils that from now on the year was 2087 and that the only limit to the day’s proceedings were time, available personnel and imagination.
After putting on their Galactic Challenge T-shirts the students were organised into three teams, Columbus Aviation, Astrodyne Merton and Infinity Aerospace, and headed off to separate classrooms to start work.
The Senior School's UK Space Design Competition team meanwhile took on mentoring and technical advisor positions during the day.
Bill Richards explained, "Each group had three members of the Bede’s Space Design team working with them to guide them through the brief. The first task that the group had to do was to allocate a President and then Heads of Department to lead key areas of the design including Human Engineering, Structural Engineering and Management."
After a well-deserved lunch, the pupils had to put together a PowerPoint presentation to show their design proposals.
In front of a judging panel from the UK Space Design Competition, including Dr Randall Perry the competition’s founder and chair, alongside supportive parents, the teams each had ten minutes to present their designs followed by an intense five minutes of questioning from the judges.
Mr Richards said, "The teams presented exceptionally detailed proposals and the judging panel was impressed with the designs that the groups had managed to put together in such a short period of time."
After deliberations, the judges announced to the teams that Columbus Aviation had been successful with their design and they received medals from Dr Perry and Mr Peter Goodyer, Bede’s Headmaster.
The teachers and students of the schools involved left the event buzzing, having spent an intense day and looking forward to next year’s Challenge.