Motoring on Mars

Thursday, 09 April 2015
Motoring on Mars

Science was top of the agenda in early March when Worth School hosted over 40 students in Years 7 and 8 from around Sussex, competing to build a machine that could land an egg and rover module in safety. The rover then had to drive around a ‘Martian’ landscape. With the invitation and brief issued to schools in the area at the tail end of last year, there was much anticipation about what the day might bring. Could any of the designs pass the stringent testing stage?

Mars-challenge-insert-1-450Working with a variety of bottles, paper, bubble wrap, balloons, cardboard, elastic bands and dustbin liners, the creativity and understanding of scientific principles was impressive. The landers were loaded with an ‘eggstronaut’ – an egg which had to survive the impact of the 18.5 metre drop from Worth’s iconic Clock Tower.

Nine landers were dropped in total and six survived with their eggs intact so that the rover component could fight it out in the next round. However, the simulated undulations of Mars (left) seemed to be a challenge too far for the rovers and none could complete the whole course, despite some magnificent attempts.

A lighter moment with Mr SmithThe event was organised by Worth’s Head of Physics, Mr Chris Smith who said: “I wanted to run an event that made Science really practical and fun, allowing students to develop their creativity and problem-solving skills. Today has been a great success and I’d like to thank the Technicians here at Worth and all the visiting Heads of Science who put in every effort to ensure that their students got the most from the day.”

This feature appeared in the Spring 2015 edition of Insight magazine.

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