The aim of the activity was to give students the opportunity to research, design and make prototype solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. This is in-line with the IET Brunei vision and mission in promoting the general advancement of science, engineering and technology and to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on these subjects amongst the general public especially students.
The “Mission to Mars” challenge was designed for six teams of six students (36 students in total) in Years 7-8 and it was based on the IET Faraday Challenge events at held secondary schools in the United Kingdom. Students were given tasks as engineer specialists recruited by a mock company called, 'Make it 2 Mars', to establish a human settlement on the planet Mars by 2023. Students were asked to design and construct a rocket which will transport supplies via Earth orbit to the astronauts on Mars, as well as building a system to transport their rocket to the launch site for testing.
The whole exercise gave the students insight into the roles and responsibilities of an engineering team as they not only attempted to create their prototypes but then had to justify their ideas, costs and implementation plans to the judges. This challenge also encourages the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills.
Students from Group 6 who won the school based competition were students from Year 9C: Osama Bin Ashraf, Mary Angeline B. Espiritu, Leah Marie C Chiang, Amal Mazziyah Bte Hj Ahmad, Muhd Aniq Hidayatullah Bin Abd Azriman and Abdul Mateen Montree Bin Muhammad
The winner of the competition received a BND$120.00 cash prize as well as certificates. The prize was presented by Simon Leong Kian Ann, the IET Brunei Darussalam Chairperson for 2014-2016 Session.