‘‘Awesome Reason’’

Challenges

Priestley Challenge

Basic information

In this challenge, student teams learn to design and build a closed mini greenhouse with plants. Teams must also design a way to guide light from a faraway light source to the greenhouse. The purpose is to design the whole system in such a way that oxygen production is maximized. The challenge imitates food growing design challenges for Mars.

Keywords

  •         Greenhouse
  •         Photosynthesis
  •         Closed-system
  •         Hermetic seal
  •         Mirror-systems

#biology #plantgrowing #insectfarming #mars #earth

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Transportation Challenge

Basic information

In this challenge, the team will learn to design a robotic device that can be remotely guided to deliver a payload to a specific location in the environment. The map of the environment is not known in advance with the exception of few reference points. Thus, the team must develop a smart way to determine exact location of the moving transportation device. This challenge imitates the difficulty of developing remotely controlled robotic devices for Mars.

Keywords

  •         Remote control
  •         Machine vision
  •         Robotics
  •         Mapping

 

#education #communication #learning #mars #earth

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Emergency Challenge

Basic information

In this challenge, the team will learn to design an emergency communication protocol that allows two groups of people (group A, group B) to solve difficult problems collaboratively. The team needs to develop a way for group A to communicate an emergency situation to group B. Group B must develop a solution to this emergency situation and then communicate it back to group A, which follows the instructions. The challenge is made difficult with 5-minute time-delay between group A and B. This challenge imitates emergency scenarios experienced by future astronauts on Mars.

Keywords

  •         Problem solving
  •         Time-delay
  •         Situational awareness
  •         Communication technologies

#emergency #teamwork #mars #earth

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Mars suit challenge

Basic Information

In this challenge, team will learn about designing a Mars suit. Goal is to have a high mobility Mars suit with puncture resistant layers.

Keywords

  •         Problem solving
  •         Ergonomics
  •         Mobility
  •         Phsiology

#marssuit #teamwork #mars #earth

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