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A hands-on workshop making and launching a precious cargo to an imagined martian landscape.

Sending landers and rovers to Mars isn’t easy. And with precious cargos, like robots and (not too far in the future) people, we have to make sure that they arrive safely onto the surface of the Red Planet.

Orion Spacecraft

The Mission to Mars workshop starts with a short talk about past, present and future missions to Mars, explaining how to successfully land a payload onto the surface of another planet. 

Working in small groups of between two 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.

mission to mars workshop

This workshop is perfect for schools, clubs and STEM events; it covers planetary science, together with design and engineering. The main activity takes place in a hall or classroom, but a safe and accessible first floor window or balcony is needed for the ‘launch pad’. Each session lasts about 45 minutes and we’ll need another 15 minutes to clean up and prep for the next session.

 

COSTS
The costs for our Mission to Mars workshop are:
£275 for a half day: up to 3 x workshops
£475 for a full day: up to 5 x workshops
Price includes all materials and specialist equipment..

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 will take us over 2 hours, we may have to charge for an overnight stay which costs an extra £40. If our journey includes tolls and ferry charges, these will be added too.

LOCATION & SPACE
This workshop 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 two to five. A safe launching site is also needed, ideally from a first floor window or indoor balcony.

BOOKING
Once you’ve read our Workshop Booking Guidelines, please complete 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.

HEALTH & SAFETY
• We hold £10,000,000 Public Liability Insurance
• All of our electrical equipment is PAT tested, certificates are available on request
• All our presenters hold an Enhanced DBS Certificate and carry photo ID