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Five Year 8s take part in Bede’s Galactic Challenge

Posted: 27th January 2016

Bede’s Galactic Challenge Saturday 16th January

Monty, Jamila, Ellen, Emily and Aoife accompanied by Mrs Box headed over to Bede’s for a Galactic Challenge. We were teamed up with pupils from Rose Hill and collectively became known as Infinity Aerospace and were told we were now competing against two other teams to win an Interplanetary Spaceport contract for 03.01.2065.

During the day we were supported by two seniors from Bede’s in the roles of Chief Executive Office and technical advisor and Ellen was elected president of our company. The company then elected 3 directors. Emily was voted in to head up Operations and Rosehill pupils headed up the Human & Automation and the Structural sections.

Our task was to design, develop and construct a spaceport in High Earth Orbit (HEO) the purpose of which was to transfer passengers and cargo to and from interplanetary ships.

The team quickly set to work researching, designing and putting together a presentation. The pupils got on well with Rose Hill, and made steady progress. By lunch the team were working together like they had known each other forever and were making good progress. The sausage and chips were delicious and a very welcome break but the team were keen to get back to work quickly.

After lunch all the elements of the Spaceport came together on the the presentation. When the deadline arrived our team assembled in the hall with the other two companies. Each company presented their designs to a panel of five judges and the assembled parents. The panel of judges fired questions at the teams after each presentation requesting justification for some ideas and asking why consideration was not given for other elements that they deemed essential.

The panel retired for 15 minutes whilst we tucked in to sandwiches, Monty had a galactic sized portion of chocolate cake!

We did not win the contract but gained much from our experience in terms of working as a team, an understanding of what is involved to bid for a contract and much information was gained from sharing and researching in Science Technology Engineering and Maths.

Tired, but feeling accomplished the pupils said they would definitely recommended the event to future years to come.

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