This video is our Sixth Form’s submission into the Harry and Margaret Kroto Prize for Innovative Use of Technology in Science Learning.

This is a competition which is run annually by The University of Sheffield and is intended to celebrate the very best STEM students. You can read more about the prize (and possibly find out if we win!) here:

https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/rs/ecr/kri/jacobs

Our specific entry for the competition, Resources for Mars, focuses on a selection of the challenges posed by setting up a colony on Mars, and how scientists of all different disciplines will have to collaborate to overcome them. Appropriately, we had a team made up of representatives of almost all the sciences (and most other STEM subjects):

In making our entry we ourselves also had to collaborate, in order to best make use of the different skills of our group members. Despite our occasional differences of opinion (which we have agreed to refrain from making any pointed remarks about here!), we all feel we have learned to work well as a group, and have successfully utilized our various skill sets and knowledge effectively to create something we’re ultimately quite pleased with. We hope you enjoy it, and learn something new…

The Team

Shiny Darwin

A Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths
Field of Interest: Medicine
Role in Group: Working with Zoë, wrote the sections on biology and chemistry, and voiced the section on oxygen.

Zoë Harley

A Levels: Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths
Field of Interest: Zoology
Role in Group: Working with Shiny, wrote the sections on biology and chemistry, and voiced the section on water.

Alex Myers

A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Product Design
Field of Interest: Engineering
Role in Group: Wrote and voiced the introduction, and suggested the initial focus on survival on Mars.

Jack Ditchfield-Ogle

A Levels: Maths, Physics, Geology
Field of Interest: Earth sciences
Role in Group: Wrote and voiced the section on Mars’ natural resources and edited the audio and other elements together to create the final video.

Joshua Watts

A Levels: Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Computing
Field of Interest: Maths
Role in Group: Wrote and voiced the section on generating electricity, and created the visual element of the video.

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