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IET supports Mission to Mars education scheme with funding

What would you do if you had just 48 hours to escape the planet? That was a challenge put to 11-13-year-olds at The Petchey Academy last week during an exciting Mission to Mars project.

The students were called in for an emergency briefing to be told that an asteroid the size of five football pitches was on course to hit the school in just 48 hours. With deflection and destruction of the asteroid no longer options, NASA had advised everyone to escape to Mars. Over the course of the next two days Petchey students worked together to complete their Mission to Mars.

They were also joined by 120 children from local primary schools for explosions, rockets, coding and much more courtesy of the IET’s and IMechE’s Engineering Education Grant Scheme and the Science Museum. Workshops also took place helping to demonstrate the breadth of skills required in the world of engineering to complete their mission.

Sarah March, STEM Coordinator for The Petchey Academy said “I wanted to make STEM real to students, and widen their aspirations. Right from this early age, it's important to show students how important STEM is in their world and how the skills they develop through application of STEM can be beneficial to them both now and in the future. Events like this give a real opportunity for students to shine as individuals, doing something fun and interactive, and still focused on learning.”

The Engineering Education Grant Scheme, which is run by the IET and IMechE, aims to engage young people aged 5-19 in learning about engineering and to develop the professional skills of those involved in supporting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) learning and careers awareness. The Scheme also supports projects that improve wider engineering literacy.

To find out more about the Scheme, please visit www.theiet.org/fund