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Journey to mars without leaving your home ​

Posted by 4MAT Administrator
Posting date:4/14/2020 11:08 AM
14 April 2020

In these unprecedented times that we find ourselves in, and as the world changes rapidly to respond to the challenge of the Coronavirus, we know that we need engineers more than ever before. As an organisation, it’s vital that we get more young people interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), to protect the future of our industry and to inspire the next generation of future engineers.

Across the globe, the #InsideAtkins network of enthusiastic STEM ambassadors and volunteers regularly inspire the next generation to realise the rewarding opportunities that a STEM career can offer. They do this in several ways, from running demonstrations in schools to volunteering at things like the Big Bang Fairs up and down the country.

But what do you do to keep inspiring the next generation of engineers when schools are closed, and events are cancelled? How can we show young people that the work that we do can really make the world a better place, and affect people’s lives? 

With thousands of parents across the UK donning their teaching hats overnight as a result of Coronavirus-related school closures, our network of talented and passionate STEM ambassadors have got together to think about what we can do to give children and young people a chance to experience the world of science, technology, engineering and maths in action – all without leaving their homes!

We’ve created a series of challenges for children to work on at home, that are fun and engaging but also showcase how rewarding a career in STEM can be. Our hope is to not only inspire future generations but to support families to adapt to the new and unusual ways of living that we find ourselves in. Many families, including those of our own colleagues are learning, working and having fun in the same space every day for the first time. We want to show young people that learning about the world of STEM can be exciting and creative, and that you can find out more without having to leave your home.

First challenge – a journey to Mars


For our first challenge, we’re asking children and young people to create their own space pod to use on a journey to Mars. Click here to access the journey to Mars activity sheets.

If you or your children take part, don’t forget to keep hold of your creations as you’ll need them for the next few challenges. Why not share your fantastic space pods by uploading pictures and tagging us on social media using #insideatkins @insideatkins?

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