What a brilliant set of entries again! It was particularly hard to pick a winner as so many of you showed careful thinking on this breaking news. Thank you to everyone who took part.
Stars have awarded where entries gave good reasons for the most worthwhile project, as well as the one they were most sceptical about.
Our Primary winner is sensitive_introduction of Lyon's Hall School. Their entry gave a solid case for new satellites and cast doubt on the timeline for the first samples from Mars, bringing in well-researched reasons. Well done!
Our Secondary winner is passionate_dinosaur from Portobello High School. They reflected on the class discussion and brought in a range of reasons within a careful analysis of the usefulness of the ideas. Well done!
This week's competition is inspired by some breaking news from this week!
On Thursday 28th November, the UK Space Agency has announced that its investing £374m per year in the European Space Agency over the next 5 years. This will help develop international space programmes, working together with other governments from Europe and the wider world. This is a 15% increase from last year.
According to a government news article, this will lead to new space missions and new technologies including:
- Building the Lunar Gateway, a new space station orbiting the moon
- Returning the first samples from Mars
- New satellites to help us understand climate change
- An early warning system for solar storms
- Research in space technology to deliver high-speed mobile technology such as 5G and satellite broadband services around the world
- Removing space junk to prevent collisions in space
You can read the full story here.
So this week's competition challenge is: Out out of the 6 developments listed above...
- Which one will be most worth doing and why?
- Which one do you feel most sceptical, (or unsure) about and why?
Write your two answers in the comments below
The deadline for entries is 10.30am on Friday 6th December.
Stars are awarded when the competition closes. Good luck!