A key aim of CranSEDS is giving back to the community that inspires us through education and outreach programs for younger generations of space enthusiasts. We believe it's more important now than ever to raise awareness of the rapidly growing UK space sector, the variety of career opportunities available for young people, and the skills needed to help pursue these.
On Thursday 5th May 2022, a number of CranSEDS volunteers led a workshop for local school students from ages 11-14 as part of the University's International Women in Engineering Day event.
In the workshop, the students were given 45 minutes to design, build, and launch their Mars rover. The rover had to carry two scientific instruments (LEGO bricks) and fit inside the provided payload fairing.
All 7 teams successfully completed the task and launched their rovers!
A team of CranSEDS volunteers and members of the MAch-22 Rocket and Payload Team took part in the Cranfield University stall at the Cranfield Village Jubilee day celebrations (4th-5th June 2022), carrying out live demonstrations and showcasing the design work carried out by CranSEDS.
The CranSEDS outreach team conducted four Mars Rover Workshops with students in Year 4 as part of the Biddenham International School STEM Fair day. Around 120 students took part and each team managed to launch their rover!
Every year, CranSEDS support local school STEM fairs to engage and inspire students about space exploration.
If you're a Cranfield University student and want to volunteer, or you're a school and would like to collaborate with us, let us know!
Our Mars Rover Workshop materials are available for download. The download folder includes:
We're always looking to reach out to more schools and youth organisations to promote higher education and careers in STEM. If you'd like to work with us, get in touch!