On Saturday 21st November Derby Grammar School played host to the first Midlands regional heat of the UK Space Design Competition, a science and engineering challenge designed as a simulation of life in industry.
A team of 12 Derby Grammar School students competed against teams from 6 other local schools to design a space settlement which had to fulfil specific design requirements and be fully budgeted. The students from all the competing schools produced well thought out and detailed designs, including excellent applications of the physics studied in the classroom. The project gave students the chance to use their imaginations and explore exciting ideas, whilst still needing to remain grounded in terms of what was possible and practical in the real world.
At the end of the day, teams presented their ideas on stage in the style of a company bidding for the contract to build their station design. The teams were watched and asked searching questions by a judge from the UKSDC, who then decided on the winner who will proceed to the national finals at Imperial College, London.
Overall the event was a great success, very much enjoyed by the students from both Derby Grammar School and the six other competing schools. Mr Lambert, Head of Physics at Derby Grammar School said “The competition gives young students an idea of what it is like to work on a project as part of a larger design team, as well as inspiring them in space exploration developments that is predicted to take place over their lifetimes.”
The competing teams were:
Derby Grammar School
Derby High School
Lady Manners School and Heanor Gate Science College
John Taylor Academy