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Students explore Space School
Students from all over the UK explored life beyond Earth at the Universitys Space School weekend (4-5 August 2012).
Nearly 40 students, aged 11-14, competed in space-based challenges such as building a landing system for a mobile space laboratory, investigating impact craters and designing and developing a space colony.
In Saturdays space colony task, student teams had to convince others that their colony was a safe and viable place to live. One team protected their biodome with an Aerogel coating, a material they had just learnt about from Dr Mark Price, the Universitys new Space Science lecturer.
he winning team, Galileo (Guy Proctor, Jamie Rice, Guy Uong and Sam Malkin) gave a presentation on their space colony on Mars, which included selling off areas to corporate companies.
The main challenge on Sunday was to design and build a rocket that would launch a hens egg up to 200 metres and recover it safely. The winning team, Phoenix (George and Matthew Hawkins, Juliet James and Georgina Gatehouse) managed a perfect flight.
Space School is run every year by the Universitys School of Physical Sciences and caters for up to 45 students per weekend. Staff are a mix of academics, current and past students from the School.
A second Space School will take place this weekend (11-12 August 2012) with more complex challenges for 15-18 year-old students. To find out more, see www.kent.ac.uk/physical-sciences/spaceschool
Story published at 4:22pm 8 August 2012