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Students embark on a mission to the red planet

Mission to Mars - Steyning Grammar School students with head of science Andrew Wood

Mission to Mars - Steyning Grammar School students with head of science Andrew Wood

GETTING to Mars was the mission chosen by Steyning Grammar School International Baccalaureate (IB) students as part of their latest science project.

Students had just two days to research, test and present their findings and proposals to a panel of school scientists.

The group of 15 students were split into five teams, each consisting of one chemist, one physicist and one biologist, and given a topic to investigate.

The teams went their separate ways, each to focus on their individual ‘Mars mission’ and develop theories covering the five topics: food supplies, communication, water supplies, the psychology behind such a mission and how radiation could be reduced.

Student Heather Webster said: “The atmosphere in the lab and the freedom and independence given to us to complete the task was great, letting us come to understand how actual scientists investigate hypotheses.”

Steyning Grammar School’s IB coordinator Danielle Cook said: “We were all pleased to see such earnestness in young adults.

“Each individual immersed themselves in the topic given and the groups worked well together as teams.”

 

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