Video Entries

The annual Video Competition is open to students in Years 10-13 (or equivalent) throughout the UK.  If you don’t have the facilities to produce a video entry, please visit our Regional Heats page for information about events near you.

Video Competition Request for Proposal 2017-2018


The Foundation Society has announced its intention to increase the number of living quarters at the Martian settlement Olympus. You are invited to submit your proposals for these new units to the Society within 90 days of this announcement.

The additional 200 units will not exceed 15 square meters each, and should be aesthetically pleasing in design. All floors, ceilings and exterior walls are to be constructed from concrete that is made with materials derived solely from the Martian surface.

Each unit will have a bathroom, sleeping facility and a small seating area for two adults with a viewing window to the Martian surface and the Olympus Mons shield volcano.

Proposals must include:

  • A detailed instruction for the concrete mix. (Please include a strategy for quality control)
  • Method and sequence of construction.
  • Wall dimensions and details.

Each unit will house a cleaning robot and a personal assistant robot. Include a description of both types of robots, and how they function and interact with human occupants.

Video Competition 2017-18 Rules

a) All teams must consist of between 4 and 12 students in Years 10-13 (or equivalent).  If your team is made up of fewer then 4 people, please get in touch with us. All team members must be 18 or under for the international finals in August 2018.

b) There must be a shot of the entire team at the end of your video.

c) Video entries are limited to 3 minutes long.  Judges will give equal value to: (i) scientific accuracy, (ii) imagination and creativity, (iii) communication and enthusiasm and (iv) effectiveness at meeting the Request for Proposal (RFP).  Entrants are expected to make reasonable assumptions about aspects not covered by the RFP.

d) Teams should upload their video privately to YouTube and email the link to along with the spreadsheet at the bottom of this page completed with all team information.

Teams are advised that a great variety of skills are required to create a good video, so you are encouraged to recruit members from various backgrounds including, (but certainly not limited to), engineering, art and design, and public speaking.

Video Competition 2017-18 Timeline

Video competition opens: Monday 18 September 2017

Video competition closes: Monday 18 December 2017 at 23:59hrs

Video competition results announced: Wednesday 31 January 2018

Team Registration Spreadsheet 2017-18 Video Entries