The following have been invited to join the EU team. This is not funded by the UKSDC, and individuals will be expected to find their own sources of funding. We will happily advise on potential sources of funding if requested.
Dougeldyne (in alphabetical order)
Georgia Aspinall – The Brooksbank School
Corinne Barker – The Brooksbank School
Emyr Williams – Dulwich College
Dougeldyne reserves(in order):
Andre Nowaczek – Dulwich College
Benjamin Miller – Dulwich College
Emily Swift – Bournemouth School for Girls
Grumbo (in alphabetical order)
Sherry Deng – Cardiff Sixth Form College
Molly Fisher-Newton – Bede’s School
Felix Larner – St Paul’s Catholic College
Grumbo reserves (in order):
Amaan Abbas – Cardiff Sixth Form
Tim Scott-Ruit – Bede’s School
Michael Crummey – St Paul’s Catholic College
Rockdonnell (in alphabetical order)
Bruce Lay – St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School
William Edwards – Trinity School of John Whitgift
Ana Vukasovic – Kingham Hill School
Rockdonnell reserves (in order):
Anastasia Sheptitskaya – Francis Holland School
James Reid – Trinity School of John Whitgift
Thomas Hudson – Woodchurch High School
Vulture (in alphabetical order)
Hugo Binelli-Thomas – Ardingley College
Sophia Lee Roberts – City of London School for Girls
Annabelle York – Nonsuch High School for Girls
Reserves (in order):
Abigail Horton – Ardingley College
Tom Hobbs – City of London Freemen’s School
Anahita Laverack – City of London School for Girls
Luke Tattersall, supervisor
What a crazy 48 hours. The students from the UK and EU teams are now sleep-deprived, hungry and, let’s be honest, a little disappointed.
After two days and the best part of a night preparing their presentations, it was judgement day. The teams lined up at the KSC and presented their versions of a Venusian habitat for 10 000 people to the rest of the students. The four 35-minute presentations were all outstanding and, given that there was UK representation in 3 of the 4 teams we felt that we had a good chance of at least some of us carrying off the trophy. Alas, it was not to be as the presentation from Grumbo, the only company without UK representation, blew the rest out of the water. The science was equally good in all four presentations, but the professionalism of the Grumbo presentation impressed the judging panel enough to sway the final vote.
However, there was one award that a UK competitor did win. Alex Radford (pictured) won the prize for outstanding leadership.
There was a 5 hour gap between presentation and judging and the students used this time to look around the space centre – for any aspiring aerospace engineer this is Nirvana and the Saturn 5 rocket and the Space Shuttle “Atlantis” moved some of our students to tears – literally. It was a jaw-dropping experience.
The minibus ride home was slightly manic as sleep deprivation and the sight of a large alligator in the creek took its toll, but what an amazing couple of days.
Helen Oliver, co-ordinating supervisor
The students are working like mad, for Venus is a cruel mistress. Please excuse our spacedust, your news service will resume as developments unfold.
Brian Kong, leader of the EU team
Shopping day! Time for Team EU to experience the “mall” culture of the US of A! We thought 6 hours of shopping would be far too long, meant for someone else but not for us. But then we saw the sales, and now we’re all believers! By the end of it there was not a trace of doubt in our minds. We spent all day racing through the mall tackling as many shops as we could. From Citizen watches and Calvin Klein to Toys R Us and Disney! We bought everything… Make up, shoes, food and so much more! The food court was our meeting point and where we had lunch. There was a friendly rivalry between Chinese, Japanese and American cuisine and so there was a divide on what to eat… What’s the use in fighting? All you get is hunger pains, Chinese vs Japanese (I got chicken chow mein). Unfortunately we’ve now run out of money for food… Can we survive off Twinkies and Cheetos for the rest of the trip? I’m a believer.