The GWC CanSat team – Kaveh Pezeshki and Calder Maclean (both S6), Charles Cameron, Morven Pennie and Jack Hargreaves (all S5) – won the European Space Education Resource Centre UK competition for designing and launching a CanSat, held in the National STEM Learning Centre in York from Thursday 9 to Saturday 11 March. The team also included Pedro Guimaraes and Tom Mailing (both S6).
A CanSat is a simulation of a real satellite, integrated within the volume and shape of a soft drinks can. The challenge for the pupils is to fit all the major subsystems found in a satellite, such as power, sensors and a communication system, into this small volume. The CanSat is then launched to an altitude of a few hundred metres by a heli-kite and its mission begins: to carry out a scientific experiment and achieve a safe landing.
The pupils worked really hard, their design was compact and survived the fall. They collected all the data and presented their data to a busy lecture theatre. The team are now busy preparing for the European CanSat finals to be held in Germany at the end of June.