Students from the year 8 STEM program have been partaking in a simulated project to land a rover on Olympus Mons, the tallest volcano on Mars.
The project involves students designing and building a craft capable of carrying a payload safely over a maximum distance and later designing the Rover.
This topic combines maths and science to calculate the ratios of plane dimensions and optimise Bernoulli's principle in their airfoil wing designs.
The class visited the Mission to Mars program last week at Hamilton Secondary College where their communication and problem-solving skills were tested on a martian surface and command centre.
This week, engineers from Southern Launch came to present to the class and provide advice as the teams tested their final planes in both optimising range and minimising payload destruction.