Mars is our planetary next door neighbour. More space expeditions have gone to Mars than any other planet, and it’ll be the first for human exploration in the 2030s (apart from the Earth of course!). 

Orion SpacecraftThis workshop is perfect for schools, clubs and STEM events, covering planetary science, together with design and engineering. The main activity takes place in a hall or classroom setting, but a safe and accessible first floor window or balcony is needed for the ‘launch pad’.

The workshop lasts between 1.5 and 2 hours, starting with an absorbing presentation explaining how spacefight works and how to successfully land a payload onto the surface of another planet. The talk covers lots of recently-discovered planetary science, many of the landers and rovers that actually made it to the Red Planet, and shows some extraordinary images captured from the orbiters above.

mission to mars workshopWorking in small groups of between three and five, participants then get the chance to design and build their own Mars lander which will include a delicate cargo and landing device. A mission commander from each group will then move to the launch site and jettison the craft whist the ground crew eagerly await its arrival. Once retrieved, the craft is carefully opened to discover if the cargo arrived safely.

Go back to the Workshops page for a list of all the workshops we offer. Or use the form below if you have a specific enquiry or want to check dates and availability.

Cost
Costs for a Mission to Mars Workshop are:
£275 for a half day (two workshops/up to 60 participants)
£495 for a full Day (four workshops/up to 120 participants)
Price includes all materials and specialist equipment.

Location
This workshops can take place anywhere that can accommodate a projector and screen, plus enough tables and chairs for the audience (a classroom, library, or village hall will do just fine). Pupils will work in teams of three to five. A safe launching site is also needed, ideally from a first floor window or indoor balcony.

Travel & overnight stay
Travel is free within a 20 mile radius of Hastings, and charged at 45p per mile if you need us to travel further. And if the journey is over 90 miles, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £35. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

Booking
Once you’ve read and agreed to our Workshop Terms & Conditions, please use the Workshop Booking Form to make your booking. If you need to talk through any aspects of your booking before filling out the form, call us on 01424 420968 or send us an email.

Year 5s making Mars landers at Castledown Primary School, Hastings

mission to mars presentation