IET Life on Mars
We teamed up with the iconic Beano comic for our latest Engineer a Better World campaign.
Our recent competition, with the Beano, gave winner Elin, 10, an out-of-this-world experience when she sent her engineered clarinet into orbit!
The Life on Mars competition asked six to 16-year-olds to re-design something they couldn’t live without should they ever move to another planet. It formed part of this year’s Engineer a Better World campaign and supported our mission to help inspire young people about the world of aerospace engineering and the range of modern roles that need STEM skills.
As part of the campaign, we sought young people’s views on the future of our planet as well as how they feel about space exploration. The study found that nearly half of under 16s believe a human colony on Mars will be established in their lifetime, with a love for space being a key factor in their interest in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Whilst Elin wants to take her clarinet to space, a third of UK children (36 per cent) say they would want to take their TV should they one day live there.
Watch Elin launch her space clarinet to the edge of the atmosphere where it reached a height of 35km and temperatures as low as -63°C before hurtling back to earth at speeds of over 150mph. The clarinet was launched in Ashbourne, Derbyshire and landed safely by parachute over 70 miles away near Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire.