Nine students were selected to compete in the National Finals of the UK Space Design Competition, held at Imperial College London on 17 and 18 March. The team were tasked with designing a space settlement in Earth-Lunar orbit, which would house residents and be used to refine materials mined from the moon and nearby asteroids – all over one weekend.
Their company was comprised of five schools: Ardingly College, City of London Freemen’s School, Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Nonsuch High School for Girls, and CLSG. The students successfully claimed three of the seven managerial positions, in what resulted as an all-female board. They had some amazingly creative ideas, such as the ‘Babble’ headsets which used bone conduction to translate speech on the multi-cultural settlement, and an AR assisted multi-purpose entertainment room which could be programmed to become anything from basketball courts to zero-gravity laser-tag courses.
The team presented ther settlement design to a panel of judges and an auditorium full of our competitors. After the presentation, they were hit with some difficult questions from the panel, but successfully managed to answer most of them. While they not win the competition, everyone worked fantastically and their calm composure throughout the weekend was highlighted by the judges and organisers.