2014 Competition

A busy weekend

This weekend saw lots of students competing. At the West London Regional Heat, the winners were Vulture Aviation, formed of students from Wallington County Grammar School and a team called Sungrazers.

Two Micro-Competitions were held on the same day, with winning teams made up of students from Westminster Academy, Trinity School, and the City of London Academy (Southwark).

The UK Final is just around the corner, and we’re working on a special surprise for the hard-working students who have earned a place there.

2014 Competition

UKSDC 2014 Finalists Announced

We would like to thank everyone who submitted a video and competed in a Regional Heat this year. Clearly a great deal of work was put into these proposals, and the judges were, as always, hard pressed to decide who to invite to London.

However, this year we are pleased to invite the following teams to Imperial College London to compete in the residential Finals of UKSDC 2014:

Full Teams (in no particular order)

  • Supernova Astrosystems, Cardiff Sixth Form
  • GAIA Astronautics, Redcliffe Sixth Form, Bristol
  • APEX News, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
  • Team Denebola, Nonsuch High School for Girls
  • City Aerospace Solutions, City of London Academy
  • Team Sombrero, High School of Glasgow
  • Pate’s Science Committee, Pate’s Grammar School
  • Nec Aspera Terrent, Drayton Manor High School
  • Henrietta Barnett School, Henrietta Barnett School
  • Westminster Space Agency, Westminster School

Four Person Teams (in no particular order)

  • Elysium Contructors, Lancaster Girl’s Grammar
  • ITCH, Redcliffe Sixth Form, Bristol
2014 Competition

Central England Regional Heat a success!

Last weekend, students from Riddlesdown Collegiate and Chipping Norton School competed to design the 4500 person Astram settlement in orbit around Mars.

Rockdonnell Corporation (Chipping Norton) had the innovative idea of building their settlement on the rocky moon Phobos, taking advantage of the natural resources it provided. Dougledyne Astosystems (Riddlesdown) went for a Space Odyssey-esque rotating station, and winning the event with their impressive composite radiation shielding, and detailed waste-processing systems.

Both teams performed fantastically, and we look forward to seeing them again in the future.

Very many thanks to our team of volunteers, and to our hosts, the Earth Sciences department of the University of Oxford.

Announcement

UKSDC featured in ‘A Global Village’ magazine

UKSDC was featured in the October issue of A Global Village, Imperial College’s publication on international affairs. Dr Fiona Larner, our Regional Organising Chair, wrote an article on ‘Designing Human Habitats in Space’ and the humanity’s future in the stars, which was accompanied by artwork taken from our students’ presentations.

You can read the article free online on the magazine’s website.