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Junior School Newsletters

Chickens on Mars

Year 7 activity period dared to boldly go where no activity had gone before when the students were given the mission to land chicken eggs on ‘Mars’ in order to save life in the universe as we know it! The egg certainly came first in the race to design a landing craft that could be launched from the Arts Centre balcony, travel through a gravity hoop hoisted high in space and voyage down to the planet surface below; hopefully intact! Students were given a choice of finite materials to design and build their craft and teamwork was the key as several timed and scored stages were negotiated. Finally, eagerly and loudly counted down, the crafts were launched and took a variety of trajectories towards the Arts Centre floor.

It was fantastic to see the variety of different approaches the budding rocket scientists adopted for the landing crafts and also the effect of the impact on the cargo they carried. Eventually, judged and analysed by the Technology Faculty and Year Seven tutors, a winning team emerged with a completely unscathed egg pilot.
Well done to all the teams!

Independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 3 - 18 in Somerset