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Last week, six boys travelled to York as national finalists in the CanSat competition. CanSat is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA) that challenges students from all over Europe to build and launch a mini satellite the size of a soda can. The satellites would be tested by being fired to an altitude of about 150m and deployed. Once deployed, they would need to gather information based on the two sets of objectives. The primary objective was to determine air temperature and pressure. The secondary objective was decided by individual teams.

Our team decided to test whether the conditions of the landing area were suitable for human living conditions over time. The idea being to deploy these "pods" on an extra-terrestrial planet and test locations for suitability of habitation. An ambitious plan!

The group started their preparation in September and have had to submit several preliminary reports to show their progress, attend online webinars arranged by the ESA, as well as build their satellite. This was accomplished entirely in their own time and with no input from teaching staff. Only 10 groups were invited to the national finals, with stiff competition from schools around the country as well as another 7 groups from Wilson's.

Well done to Craig, Ayush, Avanees, Mark, Somanshu, Visnuvarthasarma and Jai.

Although the group did not qualify for the international stage of the competition by placing in the top 3 in the nationals, they were praised for their data harvesting and in particular employing their characteristically strong Wilson's maths skills in processing their data. All the students involved in this group and the other 7 groups, 64 Wilson's boys in total, have worked really hard on their CanSat projects and should be commended for their above and beyond efforts.

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