Blue Coat students rocketed into first place in the prestigious national UK Space Design Competition (UKSDC), which simulates life in industry by combining science, engineering, and business challenges.
The competition’s regional first round took place during the Autumn term with each team assuming the role of a fictional company. Blue Coat students, partnered with students from another Liverpool school, had to create a fully functional subterranean base on Mars, using refined materials harvested on the planet’s surface. Their detailed final design was judged by a panel from industry, academia and business.
Their inventive solution and detailed project report blasted the team into the national final, in London. With covid restrictions in place, finalists from across the country were beamed by the internet into the rigorous final round, which demanded students drew on their practical and theoretical skills to design a larger settlement on Venus using aerostats.
In a final tour de force, Blue Coat Physics student Charlie Campbell was selected to join the UK Space Design Competition International Team, for the competition’s international stage, which was to be held at the Kennedy Space Center, in Florida, next week. Unfortunately, due to ongoing covid travel restrictions, this will be held remotely via the internet again.
Our congratulations go to the whole team and we wish talented physicist Charlie the very best of luck as he prepares for the final.